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Child’s Body is Found in Aiken Home After Fire is Extinguished


A child’s body was found inside a home that caught fire Wednesday afternoon in Aiken County, according to Coroner Darryl Ables said.

Fire crews responded to a fire at 26 Independent Boulevard, near New Ellenton, and found the house fully engulfed in flames.

“After the fire was extinguished, the body of a child, with extensive thermal injuries, was found inside home,” the coroner said. “The child will be autopsied (Thursday) morning in Newberry, South Carolina for positive identification and cause of death.”

The child’s name was not released, but some witnesses said it was believed to be a girl in the fourth grade.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Ables said.

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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