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UPDATE: Richland Co. Coroner ID’s woman who died following apartment fire near Decker Blvd.; 12 displaced, 1 pet dead

The Richland County Fire Marshal’s Office is still investigating what caused the fire. As many...
The Richland County Fire Marshal’s Office is still investigating what caused the fire. As many as 12 people were displaced. (Source: Columbia Fire Department/Twitter)
Published: Dec. 20, 2018 at 2:55 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Richland County Coroner’s Office confirms that one person has died following an apartment fire early Thursday morning.

Two people were taken to the hospital and 12 others are without a home after an apartment fire Thursday morning in Columbia. Coroner Gary Watts says Francina Harrison Henry, 44, died after she were taken to the hospital. The coroner says the cause of death was smoke inhalation.

Another resident’s pet died in the fire as well. Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins said the estimated damage to the apartments totals more than $150,000.

Columbia Fire officials say the incident happened around 12:15 a.m. at the Beldon Spring Lake apartments on Ranch Road near Decker Boulevard.

Crews responded to an apartment fire at Beldon Spring Lake Apartments Thursday morning.
Crews responded to an apartment fire at Beldon Spring Lake Apartments Thursday morning.

The 2-alarm fire left the building badly damaged. Officials say the blaze may have started in one of the bottom floor apartments.

At one point, nearly 50 Columbia firefighters were trying to put out the fire with the help of Fort Jackson Fire crews.

The incident is currently under investigation by the Columbia Fire Department. Check back for more updates.

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