Smoke cause of apartment fire death
According to Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet, the cause of death for 29-year-old Rachel Nicole LeCroy, whose body was found after a fire in an apartment, was smoke inhalation.
“I have determined that the cause of death in the apartment fire at Waverley Place Apartments is carbon-monoxide poisoning/smoke inhalation. The manner [of death] is still under investigation by my office and SLED,” said Nisbet in a brief press release Thursday.
LeCroy’s body was found in an apartment on Waverly Place Lane, off Dorchester Road, after a fire Monday evening. Investigators say they have not determined the cause of the fire.
Firefighters were dispatched to the apartment complex after reports of a structure fire at Waverly Place Apartments, 300 Waverly Place Circle, Apartment H1.
At 10:25 p.m., Ashley River Fire Department responded and made entry to extinguish the fire and subsequently located the adult female, according to DCSO PIO Sam Richardson.
Fire investigators say they have not determined the cause of the fire.
Richardson said South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Arson investigators were called to assist in the fire investigation and assist the Sheriff’s Office with determining cause and origin of the fire. The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office will be the lead agency in the investigation, said Richardson.