SUMTER (WLTX) -- Fire officials are investigating after a blaze engulfed a home in Sumter early Wednesday morning.
Firefighters responded to the home on Runnymede Boulevard just after midnight.
We're told an elderly man was inside when the fire started.
According to Sumter Fire Department Captain Michael Ward, the call came in and crews were dispatched to the home at 12:14AM, arriving at the location moments later. Firefighters found the home 80% involved, with heavy smoke and flames visible from the roof, and worked for an hour to get the fire under control.
The cause of the fire is not yet known, and the fire originated near the kitchen of the home.
Firefighters found two women had gotten out of the house, but an older male wasn't able to escape, and died in the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, and the Sumter County Coroner's office is investigating the death, and will notify next-of-kin prior to identifying the victim.