Two people, two dogs perish in fire

Two people and two dogs died when this house on Hope Drive near Summerville was destroyed by fire Thursday night.

Two people and two dogs died in a fire in the Summerville area Thursday night.

Luther Lee Otto, 70, and Gayle A. Stracke, 80, died in a house fire on Hope Drive, Dorchester County Coroner Chis Nisbet said.

The fire was reported just before 11 p.m., Old Fort Fire Chief Ed Genthert said. The street is near Miles Jamison and Old Trolley roads. The single-story home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Crews discovered the bodies of a man and woman and two small dogs, Genthert said. The cause of death was smoke inhalation, Nisbet said.

The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office and the State Law Enforcement Division are investigating the cause of the fire.

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