Two people who died in a house fire in Summerton on Monday have still not been publicly identified as officials are still searching for family members. Meanwhile, the precise cause of the fire that took the couple's lives may never be known.
The bodies of a 66-year-old man and 56-year-old woman were found early Monday morning in the charred remains of a home off Willie Richburg Road after firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze.
Clarendon County Coroner Hayes Samuels said the two were identified by neighbors, but the coroner's office is waiting to release their names until family members can be notified. But in the days since, Samuels said he's had difficulty locating relatives to notify, as neither appears to have any close relatives in the area.
"I have found that the man was born in Indiana," the coroner said.
The remains were taken to Charleston for a post-mortem examination, Samuels said, but the cause of death has yet to be released.
Foul play is not suspected in the deaths, and the Clarendon County Fire Department ruled the fire in the single-wide mobile home was unintentional.
Firefighters were called to the scene when a passerby saw flames from the roadway and found the structure 70 percent involved, said Fire Chief Frances Richbourg.
"Only about 10 percent of it is still standing," Richbourg said.
The cause of the blaze is officially listed as "undetermined," and the chief said it's likely to stay that way.
"We've located (a possible origin) in an area in the kitchen," Richbourg said, "but we can't rule out that it was an electrical fire."