Body found in burned camper on All Joy Road in Bluffton

astice@islandpacket.comJanuary 28, 2013 

Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner, left, surveys the site where a man was found dead in a camper fire Monday on All Joy Road in Bluffton.


  • A fire at The Skull Creek Boathouse restaurant early Monday caused little damage, according to a news release from the Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Division.

    Firefighters arrived at 1:39 a.m. to find the main area of the restaurant at 397 Squire Pope Road filled with heavy smoke. No one was in the restaurant at the time.

    A sprinkler system contained the fire, according to the release. The fire began in the wood-storage area for the indoor fireplace and appeared to be caused by a smoldering piece of firewood.

    Restaurant managing partner Chris Gregory said that with some overnight cleanup, the restaurant opened on time Monday morning. The restaurant will need to replace parts of the fireplace, but "overall we're very fortunate and lucky," he said.

A man's body was found inside a camper that caught fire Monday on All Joy Road in Bluffton, triggering an investigation involving three agencies.

Bluffton firefighters arrived at about 12:15 p.m. to find the camper, parked behind a home at 83 All Joy Road, in flames.

Battalion Chief Todd Harvey of the Bluffton Township Fire District said three engine companies and a ladder crew extinguished the fire in less than 10 minutes; the camper was destroyed.

The body of 55-year-old John Porzio was found inside, according to the Beaufort County Coroner's Office.

He is a relative of the homeowner, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office news release.

The fire scene, set back from the road in the woods, was cordoned off with caution tape. Investigators with the S.C. Law Enforcement Division arrived to help determine the cause of the fire.

Authorities did not call the fire suspicious. According to the release, SLED was called because a fatality was involved.

The body was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston for an autopsy.

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