AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – Crews responded to a deadly house fire in Aiken County, Wednesday afternoon.
The fire happened at a home at 26 Independent Boulevard. When fire crews arrived, they found the home fully engulfed. The firefighters immediately tried to extinguish the fire.
Crews were informed someone was possibly still inside. Firefighters immediately begin to try and
perform entry into the structure; however, due to the extent of the fire were unsuccessful.
Once the fire was put out enough for an interior search, fire crews entered the home where they
discovered a the body of a child. According to Aiken County Coroner Darryl Ables, the child had extensive thermal injuries.
Coroner Ables has identified the child as 10-year-old Traci Smith. Her cause of death has been listed as smoke inhalation and thermal injuries.
A woman claiming to be an aunt says the mother of the child was in a car crash while rushing to the scene. She’s currently hospitalized. We do not know the extent of her injuries.
The scene has been turned over to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office along with the State Fire Marshall.
Silver Bluff Fire Department received assistance from New Ellenton Fire Department, Jackson Fire Department, Beech Island Fire Department, Langley Fire Department, New Ellenton Police Department and Aiken County Sheriff’s Office during this event.
American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers are assisting the family. The agency is helping three people by providing financial assistance for immediate needs such as food, clothing, and shelter, along with referrals to much-needed resources.
Meanwhile, the Aiken County School District issued the following statement:
The Aiken County Public School District, Greendale Elementary School, and Redcliffe Elementary School families are mourning the loss of fourth-grade student Traci Smith following a tragic fire.
Our prayers and continued comfort are with Traci’s family and the Greendale Elementary and Redcliffe Elementary families during this time of grief.Aiken County School District
This is the latest in a number a recent residential fires in the CSRA.
Earlier this week, a home in Clearwater also caught fire.
Last week, 15 residents were displaced after massive fire at Azalea Park Apartments