SLED investigating deadly house fire on 4th St. in Gaffney

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GAFFNEY, S.C. (WSPA) – One person has died after a house fire on 4th St. in Gaffney that happened on Saturday.

According to the Cherokee County Coroner, City of Gaffney firefighters were dispatched to a residential fire on 4th Street at 6:26 p.m. Upon arrival, a woman who was living at the location told authorities a man was trapped in a bedroom.

Once the fire was extinguished, firefighters located the man’s body near the bedroom door on the floor, the coroner said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The coroner identified the victim as Blake Lee Spencer, 30, of Gaffney.

“Spencer was visiting the female and had just lit a wood stove when she smelled smoke. When she opened the door to the bedroom where Spencer was, flames shot out the door pushing her out,” the coroner said in a news release.

He said the woman escaped, but Spencer, who uses a wheelchair, was entrapped.

An autopsy has been ordered to assist with the investigation, which is ongoing.

Gaffney Fire, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and SLED are still investigating the cause of the fire. No other injuries were reported.

We’ll continue to update this story as we learn more.

Check back for updates.

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