Deadly fire in Anderson Co. investigated by coroner, firefighters

Firefighter say this house was fully involved when crews arrived there early Wednesday morning. A man died in the fire (WSPA).

BELTON, S.C. (WSPA) – Firefighters are investigating a deadly house fire in Belton.

Firefighters say they received a call at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. When they arrived on scene, the house fire was fully involved.

Chief Jimmy Sutherland  said firefighters were putting out the blaze and doing a routine search when they found a man’s body.


Deputy Coroner Don McCown identified the man as 41-year-old Ronnie Lee Kelly.

Kelly was found just inside the front door of the living room. McCown said Kelly died from smoke inhalation. His death has been ruled accidental.

Chief Sutherland said Kelly lived at the home and was alone at the time of the fire.

Investigators think the fire may have started near the stove. The fire is under investigation as of Wednesday morning. Chief Sutherland said it’s not believed to be suspicious and foul play isn’t expected at this time.

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