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Coroner identifies elderly woman found dead after Spartanburg Co. house fire

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Scene of fire on Shoally Ridge Drive (FOX Carolina/ Jan. 1, 2018) Scene of fire on Shoally Ridge Drive (FOX Carolina/ Jan. 1, 2018)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Firefighters are investigating after one person was found dead after a house fire early Monday morning.

Chief Trent Harper with the Cherokee Springs Fire Department said the fire broke out on Shoally Ridge Drive around 3:30 a.m.

Harper said two people lived in the home and only one person was able to escape.

The fire caused extensive damage to one room of the home and heat and smoke damage throughout.

The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office and SLED were called to investigate the cause of the fire.

The coroner identified the victim as 78-year-old Mildred Inez Skinner. Her cause of death is currently pending further microscopic analysis.

Harper did not know the survivor’s condition, but said the person met with firefighters in the front yard of the home when they arrived.

The American Red Cross said it responded to more fires in Spartanburg County than any other in the state during December. The disaster relief agency said it assisted 29 Spartanburg County families in December.

Below is South Carolina's state fire fatality report for 2017:

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