Kershaw fire kills elderly woman

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By Kayla Vaughn

A 83-year-old Kershaw woman died in a fire at her home Monday morning, one of three residential fires across the county in two days.
The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Bonnie F. Hilton, who lived on West Welsh Street. An autopsy is scheduled for this morning.
The Kershaw, Flat Creek and Heath Springs volunteer fire departments responded to the home around 9 a.m., along with full-time Lancaster County firefighters, according to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers.
The fire started in the living room where Hilton was found, Rogers said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by SLED, but Rogers said he doesn’t believe there is any suspicion of criminal activity.
Two other house fires since Monday morning have put Lancaster County families out of their homes. The American Red Cross is assisting both families.
The first was in a home on Seaboard Circle in Lancaster. The Lancaster Fire Department responded around 4:30 p.m. Monday and had to cut through the roof to let heat and smoke out, according to Fire Chief Justin McLellan.
The fire, which was confined to the kitchen area, started while the family was home. Everyone got out with no injuries, said McLellan.
The other fire, on Norland Lane north of Lancaster, displaced a family of five. Lancaster County firefighters and Shiloh Zion and Camp Creek volunteer fire departments worked quickly to put out the blaze shortly after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, but not before the home suffered significant damage.
According to Rogers, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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