Well-known Sumter dentist killed in house fire

08/21/2014 8:34 AM

08/21/2014 3:08 PM

The Sumter County Coroner has identified the man who was killed in a house fire early Wednesday morning.

Coroner Harvin Bullock said Edmund McDonald, 61, a well known dentist throughout the community, died in his residence after a fire engulfed the home. Bullock said McDonald was using a walker because of a automobile accident he was involved in several years ago.

Crews responded to an fire alarm a little after 12 a.m. Wednesday at a home in the Runnymede subdivision near North Main Street in Sumter Captain Mike Ward said.

Ward said it took units seven minutes to respond to the location, but by the time they arrived the house, flames were coming through the roof and the back of the house.

After extinguishing the fire, firefighters entered the house and began clearing debris when they found the man dead in a lower living room, according to Ward.

Ward said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but is believed to have started somewhere in the kitchen area and then spread to the rest of the house.

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