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Boy dies from burns

Posted: July 31, 2017 5:55 p.m.
Updated: August 1, 2017 1:00 a.m.

A 5-year-old Lugoff boy died Friday of burns he suffered in a July 26 vehicle fire.

Kershaw County Coroner David West identified the boy as Easton Flowers, of Lugoff. West issued a short press release Friday evening.

“The call came in at 10:53 a.m. The mother of the three kids that were in the car had got out at a friend’s house. She left the three kids in the car. She left it running with the air conditioning on. The car caught fire and two of the kids got out and went in the house and got their mother,” West said. “When she came out, she opened the hatch in the back of the car and started getting the other kid out. He was in a car seat and it was fastened up on him and she received burns to her arms. Her son that she was getting out was burned over approximately 75 percent of his body.”

Kershaw County Fire Marshall Keith Ray said the Blaney and Doby’s Mill fire departments responded to a call of a vehicle fire on Andrews Circle in Lugoff on July 26. He said firefighters responded within 11 minutes of the call and found a 2012 Dodge Journey compact SUV on fire. Ray said the mother and her three children were on their way to school registration when they stopped at the Andrews Circle home.

After the two fire departments responded, a Kershaw County EMS ambulance transported mother and son to KershawHealth, escorted by a contingent of Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) and Camden Police Department patrol cars.

A helicopter arrived at KershawHealth a little before 11:45 a.m., but was changed out for another helicopter, which airlifted the boy and his mother about 45 minutes later.

Ray said his office has asked the KCSO and S.C. State Law Enforcement Division for assistance in investigating the fire. Monday morning, Ray said the cause of the fire had not yet been determined and was still under investigation.

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