UNION COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – One person was killed in a house fire Monday morning in Union County.

The fire happened at 8:24 a.m. in the 100 block of Pinewood Acres Road.

Once the Union County deputies arrived on scene, they were told two people along with several animals has escaped but a woman was still inside the house.

According to the sheriff’s office, multiple attempts were made to rescue the woman but they were unsuccessful.

The Union County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Martha McKinnon, 71.

Union County Fire Department officials also said there were no working smoking detectors in the house.

Fire Chief Mike Lancaster with Southside Fire Department said, “check your smoke detectors, Please, please, please check your smoke detectors regularly often. You don’t think about them until you need them but early warning with smoke detectors is key to survival.”

Fire officials said the fire seems to be accidental.