Burned building

Scene of deadly fire investigation (Nov. 21, 2018/ FOX Carolina)

EASLEY, SC (FOX Carolina) - The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office said deputies and the Dacusville Fire Department are investigating a deadly fire.

A passing driver saw the fire on Dacusville Highway in Easley and called it in just after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 21, deputies said.

When emergency crews arrived, deputies said they found a small building on fire that had been destroyed.

Deputies said a man, age 61, and dog perished in the fire.

A woman, age 60, survived the blaze and was hospitalized for burns to the hands.

The woman told deputies the fire started near a propane heater. She said they were evacuating when the man went back inside to retrieve items and did not make it back out.

The man and woman were living in the building, deputies said.

On Thursday, the coroner identified the man as 61-year-old Rickey Johnson. He was pronounced dead on the scene, and the coroner says he died from smoke inhalation and thermal burns.

Monday, November 26, the Pickens County Sheriff's Office said they have not uncovered an evidence of criminal activity so far in their investigation.  

Deputies were present at an autopsy conducted Thanksgiving morning. Deputies say the examination did not provide any information or evidence that Mr. Johnson died by any other means outside of what is normally found in incidents where some either becomes trapped or disoriented during a fire. 

Detectives say they will wait for the final results that will come from toxicology tests performed before making a final determination, but at this time, they don't believe foul play was involved. 

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