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Sumter man dies in Sunday house fire

Fire officials said that four stations and about 25 firefighters were involved in fighting the fire which had spread to about 25% by the time they arrived.

SUMTER, S.C. — Investigators are working to determine the cause of a house fire that happened on Sunday afternoon and left one man dead.

Sumter County Coroner Robert Baker said the fire happened around 2 p.m. in the area of Dew Street which is located just outside the city limits of Sumter.

Fire officials said that four stations and about 25 firefighters were involved in fighting the fire which had spread to about 25% of the home by the time they arrived.

When firefighters learned that someone might still be inside they quickly made entry into the home where they found the victim, now identified by the coroner's office as 75-year-old Kenneth Atkinson, in the doorway area.

A spokesperson for the fire department said Atkinson was the only person in the home at the time. Damage was estimated at a cost of about $25,000 to both the home and the items inside.

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