South Carolina

Friend tries to save 79-year-old SC woman from house fire

A woman went into a burning house to try to save her 79-year-old friend, according to the Kershaw County Coroner

Unfortunately, nothing could be done.

Friday, Kershaw County’s coroner identified the 79-year-old woman who died. Beulah Barton died of smoke inhalation and burns, coroner David West said in a statement.

Thursday, just after 6 p.m., Kershaw County firefighters were called to a house fire on Thoroughfare Branch Road near the small town of Cassatt, West said.

A person told a 911 operator that a person was trapped inside. Kershaw County Fire Service arrived and found the house engulfed in flames.

Neighbors told the firefighters that Barton was still inside. At one point during the blaze, a friend of Barton rushed into the burning house, attempting to get Barton out, according to West.

The friend suffered burns and was airlifted to a burn center in Augusta. The friend was not identified by authorities.

David Travis Bland won the South Carolina Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for community journalism. As The State’s crime, police and public safety reporter, he strives to inform communities about crimes that affect them and give deeper insight into victims, the accused and law enforcement. He studied history with a focus on the American South at the University of South Carolina.