GAFFNEY, S.C. (WSPA) – A woman died and a man was flown to the hospital following a house fire Wednesday morning near Gaffney.
According to the Goucher White Plains Fire Department, firefighters responded at 7:20 a.m. to the 100 block of Erika Lane in reference to a house fire.
Once on the scene, they found the woman dead in the hallway of the home.
The Cherokee County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 59-year-old Lisa Denise Smith of Greenville.
Firefighters said a man was flown to a burn center in Augusta, Georgia and another man made it out of the house.
Goucher White Plains fire chief Jimmy Lamb said the home did have working smoke detectors however there are other precautions people should take.
“We always preach sleep with your bedroom doors closed, and know two ways out,” said Lamb. “Understanding that the means of egress or the way to get out of that fire are the things that’s going to save your life in a situation like this. The average person just doesn’t take that seriously until it’s too late.”
The cause of the fire has not been released.
At this time, the investigation has been turned over to SLED and state fire officials, which is common protocol for a deadly fire.