CARLISLE, S.C. (WSPA) – The Coroner’s Office said one person is dead following a fire in Union County.

According to the Carlisle Volunteer Fire Department, first responders were called to a home on Westwood Drive in Carlisle on Monday at 2:53 p.m.

That’s where the Union County coroner confirmed 56-year-old Frederick A. Jeter was found unresponsive inside.

Tuesday afternoon the home was lined with caution tape, as the center of an active fire investigation.

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The Carlisle Fire Department said they were notified after Jeter’s family and friends were unable to get in contact with him.

“He had some friends and his mother that he usually talks to every day and every night before he goes to sleep and when he wakes up. They had been calling him and calling him. They went to check on him and that is what they found when they got there,” said Chief John Glenn, Carlisle Volunteer Fire Department. “According to my guys, when they responded, they made entry on the house and noticed there had been a kitchen fire but the fire had extinguished itself out and Mr. Jeter was laying on the floor in the hallway.”

From the outside, the home appears unharmed. But inside, Fire Chief Glenn said was a much different scene.

According to the fire department, when first responders arrived, the blaze had already been extinguished.

“The house was not a total loss. It had done some kitchen damage to the house but you know, it’s not unusual a fire starts in the house and it puts itself out,” said Glenn.

For neighbors like Pete Jones, it was a typical Monday afternoon until he saw the fire trucks drive by.

“I had seen the fire trucks go down there,” Jones said.

He recalled his confusion for the response and told 7NEWS that he didn’t see any smoke or anything out of the ordinary.

“I ain’t never seen no smoke or nothing,” said Jones. “I didn’t think nothing was going on.” 

Fire Chief Glenn told 7NEWS they respond to calls too often where smoke detectors are either not working or not installed.

“For the past three years we have had at least one death of a house fire here in this community. That should be a lesson to everybody to get you some smoke detectors to go in your house,” Glenn said.

Now, he’s urging residents to make an effort to ensure their safety.

“Everybody needs to have working smoke detectors in their house because you put yourself in danger if you go to bed in the middle of the night and you don’t have anything to give you a warning that there’s a fire in your house,” said Glenn.

According to officials, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The coroner’s office, the Union County Sheriff’s Office, the Carlisle Fire Department, SLED Fire Investigators, and the South Carolina Fire Marshall’s Office were investigating the death at the scene. The Sheriff’s Office said no foul play is suspected.

According to the Union County coroner, an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.