An unidentified woman died early Monday in a predawn blaze along Two Notch Road, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said.
The victim, who was 40 to 50 years old, had not been identified and the coroner’s office was searching for X-rays and other records that would help identify her, Watts said.
An autopsy showed the woman died of smoke inhalation, Watts said.
The fire was in an abandoned construction trailer in the woods off the 7300 block of Two Notch, he said.
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The wooded area is behind a strip mall, and fire crews had to cut through a fence to get to the burning trailer, said Columbia-Richland Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins.
A man escaped the fire and told firefighters someone else might not have gotten out, Jenkins said.
After putting out the fire, firefighters poking among the trailer’s charred embers found the body.
The fire started in a wheelbarrow being used as a makeshift heating device by the people inside the abandoned construction trailer, according to a preliminary investigation by the Richland County Fire Marshal’s Office. The fire ignited nearby combustibles inside the structure, resulting in the spread of the fire.