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Deputies: Foul play not a factor in fatal fire in Liberty

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Scene of the deadly fire in Liberty (FOX Carolina/ August 9, 2018) Scene of the deadly fire in Liberty (FOX Carolina/ August 9, 2018)
LIBERTY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Pickens County deputies and the coroner are investigating a death after a fire in the Liberty area on Thursday.

Coroner Kandy Kelley said the death was reported at an address on Morning Dew Court.

Deputies said the fire was reported around 11:20 a.m.

The Liberty Fire Department and EMS arrived to find heavy smoke coming from a modular home.

A woman made it out of the home. She told deputies she was awakened by her dog barking and managed to escape through her bedroom window as thick, black smoke filled the home.

A man was unable to escape and was found dead when firefighters entered the home.

Deputies said the man and woman were alone in the home when the fire broke out but a third adult also resides there.

Deputies said they requested assistance from SLED to help determine the cause and origin of the fire.

Kelley identified the deceased as 66-year-old Arnold Barry Case, Sr. 

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning. 

On Tuesday, August 14, the sheriff's office said in a release that Case's death was not the result of foul play. They believe he died from smoke inhalation while trying to escape as his body was found close to the front door.

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