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Coroner identifies victim of deadly Columbia house fire

Incident happened around 10:30 p.m. off Harrison Road
Fire truck.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford has identified the victim of a deadly Wednesday evening house fire. 

Columbia Fire Department (CFD) responded to fire on Ashton Road and Keats Street, off Harrison Road in Columbia around 10:30 p.m. June 23.

CFD spokesman Michael DeSumma said responders to the address in the 2800 block of Keats Street found the fire coming from the rear of the home.

One person was pulled from the blaze and pronounced dead at the scene, several pets also perished.

Rutherford has identified the victim of the fire as Wayne A. Holmes, 62, of Columbia.

Investigators have determined the cause of the blaze was an overloaded surge protector that had clothes piled on top.

The Richland County Coroner's Office continues to work with CFD to fully investigate this incident.