Columbia Apartment Fire Leaves One Dead
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A 55-year-old man has died after an apartment fire Thursday morning.
Ricky Lee Hayes was transported from the scene to Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital, where he reportedly died at 6:05 a.m.
Hayes died from smoke inhalation, according to an autopsy.
Columbia Fire Department responded to the fire on the 2700 block of Patricia Drive around 5 a.m.
The fire, which was limited to one apartment, was reportedly extinguished around 6:30 a.m. Crews say all four apartments in the quadplex were cleared and five people were displaced, including the victims transported for medical assistance.
The fire is currently under investigation.