UPDATE: 55-year-old man killed in Horry Co. house fire; 2 jumped from second floor to escape

UPDATE: 55-year-old man killed in Horry Co. house fire; 2 jumped from second floor to escape
Source: Photographer George Umbenhauer)
Source: Photographer George Umbenhauer)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A 55-year-old Conway man was killed and two people were hospitalized after a house fire Monday night in the Conway area.

The fire happened on Peace Court in Conway and the call came in at 11:22 p.m.

Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler confirmed William Schaidt died from injuries related to the fire at the scene at about 11:15 p.m.

According to Chief Joey Tanner with Horry County Fire Rescue, two people were transported to the hospital and the house was fully involved when crews arrived to the scene. Those people jumped from the second floor of the home after hearing the smoke detectors going off, according to Battalion Chief Brian VanAernem.

Tyler Schaidt said his girlfriend, Brittany Cail, heard the smoke alarm and woke him up. He said they saw the fire was in the stairwell, so they made the decision to jump from the window.

Schaidt and Cail had cuts and scrapes from hitting rocks on the ground, but they said they were ok.

Schaidt said his father was in the downstairs bedroom. He noticed Monday the smoke detector in his father's room was broken and coming off the wall, and he was planning to fix it.

Schaidt said the smoke detector in his room saved him and his girlfriend's lives. He tried to break the window to save his father, but he said he couldn't because the fire was so strong.

He said his 2-year-old dog also died in the fire.

Chief Tanner said the home is a total loss and investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

Crews were on scene investigating for hours Tuesday morning.

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