Woman dies after being pulled from fire in Seneca, SC: Coroner
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Woman dies after being pulled from fire in Seneca, SC: Coroner

A South Carolina woman died Tuesday evening after being pulled from a burning apartment building, the Oconee County coroner said.

The victim was 61-year-old Seneca resident Beckie Marie Smith, Coroner Karl Addis said in a news release Wednesday.

According to the release, at approximately 7 p.m., the Seneca Fire Department responded to a call about a fire at an Upstate apartment at 108 Field Village Drive.

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The fire was reported by neighbors at the complex, the coroner’s office said. A bystander entered the burning apartment and found Smith lying in bed in the living room, then escorted her out of the apartment, according to the release.

Paramedics determined Smith had suffered cardiac arrest, the coroner’s office said. Smith received medical treatment but died at the scene at 7:40 p.m., according to the release.

No other injuries were reported.

Smith’s cause of death has not been released, but an autopsy will be performed Wednesday to aid in the investigation, Addis said.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Seneca Fire Department and Police.

But Addis said the fire appears to be a “high oxygen burning incident resulting in a flash fire.” Smith was oxygen dependent and was using a home oxygen generator, according to the release.

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Woman dies after being pulled from fire in Seneca, SC: Coroner

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