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Cottageville man injured in house fire

A Cottageville resident who was burned in a recent house was pulled to safety by his son and by a Cottageville Police Officer.
The Rev. King, 62, was pulled from his burning house at 950 Adams Road in Cottageville. King was then flown by Colleton County Fire-Rescue (CCFR) personnel from Colleton Medical Center to the Still Burn Center at Doctor’s Hospital in Augusta.
According to Barry McRoy, director of CCFR, the house fire occurred about midnight on last Wednesday, June 29th. The house fire was “well involved” when fire-rescue personnel arrived, said McRoy.
McRoy says the victim’s wife was awakened by smoke alarms inside the house. She and the couple’s visiting family members – including four children – all safely escaped the house. However, the victim thought his grandchildren were still inside the house and was searching for them when he was burned.
“He was overcome by smoke,” McRoy said, of King.
King was pulled from the burning house by his son and a Cottageville Police Department officer, who heard the call across his scanner and went to the scene. The victim’s son used a brick to help shatter a window in the house, and he and the officer pulled King out. “He was conscious when we got there,” McRoy said, of King. “The inside of the house was heavily damaged. No one else was injured,” he said.
Ten-percent of King’s body was burned. He sustained burns to his face and to this airway, according to McRoy. The officer who assisted in the rescue is Cpl. Gerald Gary Rhode, II. He was promoted to his current rank the day he graduated from the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy three weeks ago. Until that point, he had been with the local police department as a rookie for about a year. “My officer left our jurisdiction to go help,” said Cottageville Police Chief Jefferey Cook, speaking about Rhode’s action. “We are very proud of him and for helping a resident. That’s what we are here for, to aid our people and to make sure that our county rescue and other agencies know we want to be of assistance.”
The cause of the fire is still being investigated, according to the CCFR’s website.

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