Fatal Lady’s Island fire under investigation

Fatal Lady’s Island fire under investigation

LADY’S ISLAND, S.C. (WTOC) -The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating after a man died in a house fire on Lady’s Island.

Firefighters arrived on Pleasant Point Drive to find a house on fire early Tuesday morning. One man was able to escape the burning home. Another man was trapped inside of the home and was unable to escape. He has been identified as 58-year-old Jeffrey Hile.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The fire that ripped through the home Tuesday morning took everything it touched. You can even see where the fire stopped.

“You’re sort of sitting there saying ‘that house is going to burn to the ground,’” said neighbor Rick Starns. “Its one thing for a house to burn it’s another to know someone was in there.”

The fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. Neighbors say the flames reached so high the house looked like it had two stories.

“I just sorta heard a boom and I woke up and saw a glow,” Starns said.

Neighbors say the fire seemed unstoppable.

“It was pretty scary. It sort of made me sick to my stomach,” said Starns.

And burned so hot it damaged surrounding homes. The cars in the driveway literally melting under the heat.

“When I first saw it the house was fully en-flamed,” Starns said.

While the house is burnt to the studs, the trees that surrounded it are still standing tall. Neighbors say they will come together to discuss how they can support the family that lost a life.

While there are flowers at the home, neighbors say the house was recently sold to Hile and some weren’t even aware he had died until Wednesday morning.

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