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Funeral held for boy; More details emerge from meth lab fire

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Monday, June 4, 2012

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - A funeral was held on Monday for a 4-year-old boy who was found dead following a fire and explosion at a Goose Creek apartment building last week.

Funeral services for Samuel Austin Garbe were held at 2 p.m. on June 4 at the United Methodist Church on Red Bank Road in Goose Creek.

Garbe is one of three people whose body was recovered at the Pine Harbour Apartment Complex. The coroner's office says authorities also found the bodies of 69-year-old Joseph Raeth and 19-year-old Morgan Abernathy following the fire on Thursday.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office reported that a meth lab was found at the location of the fire in Apartment D80, where the bodies of Abernathy and Garbe were recovered.

Sheriff's office spokesman Dan Moon said investigators have questioned one man but he has since been released. That man was in the same apartment as Garbe and Abernathy just before the explosion occurred, according to an incident report.

The report states the man was seen stumbling around outside the apartment with "eyes twitching." That man reportedly told police, "I just left them there," before he was attacked by a group of angry residents who apparently blamed him for the blaze.

Moon said several others are also being questioned.

According to the Red Cross, 16 units were destroyed, affecting a total of 46 people. A memorial fund has been set up in Samuel Garbe's name at any First Federal bank.

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