Death investigated after Beaufort car fire
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.