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Fatal Lancaster Co. fire started in kitchen, ruled accidental

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LANCASTER, SC (WBTV) -

One person died in a house fire Dec. 21 in Lancaster County.

At 12:08 p.m. Lancaster County Volunteer Fire Services and Lancaster County Deputies were dispatched to 889 Potter Rd. Lancaster, according to a news release from the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office. 

Upon arrival a fully involved house fire was found.  Fire Services extinguished the blaze and the home was found to be a total loss. 

While working to extinguish the fire, firemen found the body of a deceased person inside the home. 

Ernest J. Robinson, 64, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sheriff's Office investigators and Crime Scene personnel took over the scene and began a detailed investigation. 

Robinson died of smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the autopsy.

Investigators determined that the fire started in the kitchen near the stove.

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