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Firefighters responding to Beaufort car fire find body inside

Death investigated after Beaufort car fire

State and local officials investigated the scene of a body found after a vehicle fire on Beaufort's Greene Street on Jan. 20, 2017.
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State and local officials investigated the scene of a body found after a vehicle fire on Beaufort's Greene Street on Jan. 20, 2017.

State and local authorities are investigating a death in downtown Beaufort related to a car fire.

Firefighters responded to the 1000 block of Greene Street just before noon on Friday to find a car on fire between two homes. After the fire was extinguished, a body was discovered in the car, Beaufort-Port Royal Fire Chief Reece Bertholf said.

S.C. Law Enforcement Division officers and Beaufort police are investigating. The scene was across the street from Washington Street Park.

A blue tarp shielded the scene from the street on Friday afternoon. The block was cordoned off with yellow tape as investigators worked.

Beaufort County Coroner Ed Allen declined to release a cause of death or identity on Friday. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday, he said.

A neighbor said he heard multiple loud explosions in the area Friday morning that sounded like hand grenades.

Stephen Fastenau: 843-706-8182, @IPBG_Stephen

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