SPARTANBURG CO., SC (WSPA) – A child has died after a fire on Lapear Drive Tuesday afternoon.
The fire happened at La Pear Mobile Home Park just off of Harmon Drive near New Cut Road.
North Spartanburg Fire and Emergency Services said firefighters responded to the scene shortly after 3 p.m.
When firefighters arrived on scene, they said there was heavy fire showing. Crews began extinguishing the fire and searching for victims inside of the home, according to the fire department.
According to fire officials, there were three children inside the home when the fire happened–all under the age of 5 five years old.
The Spartanburg County Coroner said that child, 19-month-old Brooklyn Foster, died at the scene of the fire.
The fire department said civilians removed another child from the home before fire crews arrived on scene. That child, who is believed to be 3 or 4 years old, was flown to an area hospital. Firefighters said the child had critical injuries. Their condition is unknown at this time.
“The oldest child–I think he was the oldest child–he suffered some smoke inhalation and some heat injuries to his face and his throat,” Fire Marshal of North Spartanburg Fire District Daryl Workman said. “So, he was flown by helicopter to Greenville Memorial Hospital initially; but we think he was diverted to the burn center in Augusta.”
As far as the cause of the fire goes, Workman said nothing’s official yet, but there is talk that it could be cooking-related.
“You wouldn’t want a small child trying to prepare himself something to eat, if that’s what it turns out to be,” he said.
We asked if a parent or guardian was present when the fire started and fire officials told us it’s still unclear at this time.
“We don’t know yet if the adult parent was inside or if he was outside the residence, so we’re still trying to narrow that down,” Workman said. “There’s some conflict on maybe where he was at the time.”
Once that’s determined, Workman said we can expect to get more information from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.
“If it comes out that those children were maybe slightly unattended, that’s a case that needs to be brought up,” he said. “When you’ve got younger children, they’ve got to be supervised all the time.”
North Spartanburg, with assistance from the Spartanburg County Sheriff Office, Spartanburg County
Fire Marshal, the Spartanburg County Coroner’s office, and the South Carolina State Fire Marshal are investigating the cause and impact of this fire.
Hilltop Fire Department and Whitney Fire Department also responded to the scene.