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Fatal fire in Youngs community investigated

Investigators from SLED and the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office survey the scene of a fatal house fire on Harris Bridge Road Thursday morning. (Photo by John Clayton)

Investigators from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office were still looking for clues Thursday in a Wednesday night house fire that apparently killed a man in the Youngs community.

Korey Cantrell, 42, perished in the fire at his home on Harris Bridge Road, which is just a short drive from the Youngs Fire Department and EMS station.

Fire fighters responded to the blaze around 8:30 p.m. The Laurens County Coroner’s office pronounced Cantrell dead at the scene at 8:49 p.m. An autopsy was Thursday revealed that Cantrell died of smoke inhalation and thermal burns, said Laurens County Deputy Coroner Vickie Cheek.

Laurens County Deputy Director of Fire Services Curt Thackston said the fire had spread into the roof when fire fighters arrived at the home and found Cantrell in the house.

Fire Departments from Youngs, Durban Creek, Thompson Road, Gray Court and Sandy Springs responded to the fire.

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