Man killed in early morning house fire in Gaffney

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GAFFNEY, S.C. (WSPA) – Gaffney City Fire Department said a man was killed Wednesday morning in a house fire.

Fire Chief Jamie Caggiano told 7 News a neighbor called 911 at about 4:45 a.m. about the fire in the 400 block of Hetty Hill Street near East Frederick Street.

The Cherokee County Coroner’s Officer said the man, Nathan Eric Littlejohn, 60, died at the scene. Caggiano said he was confined to a wheelchair and lived alone.

The fire was contained to the front two rooms of the home, Caggiano said. He also mentioned that they did not see any smoke detectors inside of the home.

While investigators cannot definitively determine the exact cause of the fire, only two possible causes cannot be ruled out, Gaffney Fire said Thursday. Those causes are improperly discarded smoking materials and/or an electrical malfunction.

One thing that investigators can definitely determine in this case is that there were no working smoke alarms in the home at the time of the fire, fire officials said.

At this time, there is no indication that the fire was intentional in nature or the result of any type of crime.

The Cherokee County Coroner’s Office, SLED and the Gaffney Fire Department responded to the scene and will continue to investigate.

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