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Columbia, SC (WLTX)- Lexington County Coroner's Office and the Lexington County Fire Department are investigating a fire that claimed the life of one man.

Chief Deputy Coroner Randy A. Martin says that Stephen Brewer, age 51, of Gaston, and his father were burning trash on the back of their property on Saturday when the fire got out of control.

Officials say that the firefighters discovered the body of Brewer while they were extinguishing the fire.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 2:45PM.

Officials say the autopsy revealed that Brewer suffered respiratory failure, heat inhalation and thermal injury due to the fire.

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