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Coroner identifies couple killed in Pawleys Island house fire; investigation ongoing

Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 10:19 AM EST
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PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (WMBF) – The Georgetown County coroner released the names of the two people killed in a massive house fire in Pawleys Island.

Coroner Chase Ridgeway identified the husband and wife as 72-year-old James Pauley and 71-year-old Sherry Pauley.

He said the cause of death was smoke inhalation.

Multiple departments responded to a blaze involving multiple structures in the Litchfield Breezes neighborhood on Windy Lane early on Jan. 6.

The couple’s daughter and a dog made it out of the home and were not injured.

Crews are still working to determine what sparked the deadly fire.

Midway Fire Rescue Division Chief Mark Nugent said Tuesday it could be at least a month before a cause is determined but stressed it’s difficult to put a definitive timeframe on it.

Nugent added that several agencies are investigating, including the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

Stay with WMBF News for updates on this developing story.

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