ANDERSON Co., S.C. (WSPA) — A man is in the hospital after an early-morning fire destroyed a home in Starr. Firefighters on scene say the fire at 204 Robinwood Circle was reported around 6:15 a.m. Monday.
The homeowner was heard shouting from the doorstep when a neighbor heard him and went to try to rescue him.
“James was yelling help help and I went over as quick as I could, but I had to maneuver over some things to I kept calling his name in the dark,” said Paul Robinson who lives across the street.
The homeowners daughter tells 7News that her father attempted to go back into the house to save her mother’s ashes and that was when he suffered his burns. He was taken to AnMed Health before being transferred to the Augusta Burn Center.
The victim suffered burns to his face, back of head and arms, Flat Rock Fire Captain Bill Cross said.
Flat Rock, Starr, Homeland Park fire departments responded to the fire. The house was in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene. It took 40 firefighters about an hour to put out the fire, but the home is a total loss.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but family says investigators told them it began with an electrical heater in the front of the home and was ruled accidental.