West Columbia woman killed in Tuesday house fire

cleblanc@thestate.comSeptember 24, 2013 

— A woman who died in a Tuesday morning fire in West Columbia has been identified by the county coroner’s office as Nancye Harrell, 65.

Harrell died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning and thermal injury around 5:52 a.m. in the fire in the Laurel Meadows subdivision near West Columbia’s city limits, Lexington County Coroner Harry O. Harman said after an autopsy.

Lexington County fire chief Brad Cox said Harrell was the only person who lived at 214 Newfield Drive, Cox said. A neighbor called authorities about 5:50 a.m. and firefighters were on the scene moments after 6 a.m., Cox said.

The one-story brick veneer home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, he said. The fire was under control by 6:45 a.m.

Homes on either side of the burning house sustained minor damage, Cox said.

Cause and origin of the blaze is being investigated jointly by the Lexington County Fire Service and the sheriff’s department, Cox said. A sheriff’s arson investigator was at the scene.

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