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Investigation underway after woman, pets die in Burton house fire

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BURTON, SC (WTOC) -

An investigation is underway into the cause of a fatal house fire in the Shell Point area in Burton Sunday.

Burton Fire Chief Harry Roundtree says they were called out to the fire at 1006 Cypress Street early Sunday morning at 5:16 a.m., and were on the scene by 5:19 a.m. to fight the small fire.

The house did sustain smoke damage but it is not a total loss.

Officials say 41-year-old Juliann Thomas died in the fire. Several of Thomas' pets were inside and also perished in blaze.

Thomas was transferred from the scene to Beaufort Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

SLED has taken over the investigation with support from Beaufort County Sheriff's Office and the Burton Fire Department.

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