Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services (CCFES) responded to a residential structure fire Tuesday night on Vaughn Road in southeastern Cherokee County.
Firefighters were dispatched to a residential structure fire at 10:57 p.m. and units from stations 23, 7, 3, 32, 11, 8, 20, and 24 responded. Units arrived on scene to find a two-story home with heavy fire involvement in the front of the house. Firefighters deployed hoselines and searched the home for victims. A victim was located on the second floor of the home and removed by firefighters. Crews treated and transported the patient to a local hospital.
According to residents of the home, the victim that was removed was the only occupant home at the time of the fire. Two other people resided at the home but were not present when the fire occurred.
The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the victim who was removed from the home was later pronounced dead.
The fire was extinguished, and one firefighter on-scene received non-life-threatening injuries while performing their duties. That firefighter is stable.
Preliminary reports from Cherokee County Fire Investigators indicate that the fire’s area of origin was on the front porch of the home.
Cherokee Sheriff’s Office assisted with traffic control during the incident. Vaughn Road was closed in the area of the fire for approximately three hours due to fire hose and fire apparatus in the roadway being used to mitigate the incident.