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Coroner: Two dead following Goose Creek apartment fire

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Friday, June 1, 2012

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County Coroner's Office has now confirmed two deaths following a fire at an apartment building in Goose Creek Thursday afternoon.

Emergency crews fight apartment fire in Goose Creek. See photos

During a press conference Thursday night, authorities said the bodies of an adult male and a male child were recovered following a fire that broke out around 12:30 p.m. in a unit in the Pine Harbour Apartment Complex on Harbour Lake Drive.

Investigators say that one woman also jumped out of a window to escape the fire. She was treated and released for a leg injury. Authorities say they are questioning one man regarding the incident.

Berkeley County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dan Moon said the fire is being treated as a crime scene. The investigation is being turned over to the DEA and SLED has also been asked to help with the case.

According to a witness on the scene, there was a loud explosion and she saw smoke coming out of her neighbor's apartment. She said she saw two men coughing and yelling for people to come out of the burning apartment.

"It's a crime scene,. We're considering it a crime scene right now at the moment until otherwise," Moon said. "The fire department is in control at the moment. They will release it to us. They are being very careful too because we've got it roped off as a crime scene. Hopefully any evidence in that respect will be protected."

Earlier in the day, the entrance to the apartment complex remained blocked off as police redirected traffic in that area. Officials have not confirmed any information regarding a possible explosion at this time.

Thick, black smoke could be seen from nearby roadways as firefighters battled the flames.

According to the Red Cross, 16 units were destroyed, affecting a total of 46 people. Those displaced in the fire are encouraged to go to the Goose Creek Recreation Center for food and assistance.

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