12-year-old boy dies in house fire in Andrews

mprabhu@thesunnews.comMarch 29, 2014 

Police are investigating a home fire that claimed the life of a 12-year-old Andrews boy early Saturday morning, police said.

Dave S. Coombs, 12, was pronounced dead on the scene, said Georgetown County deputy coroner Chase Ridgeway.

Coombs was alone in the home when the fire started around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carrie Cuthbertson said.

According to a police press release, firefighters responded to the mobile home at 10 James Drive in Andrews around 1:30 a.m. and discovered Coombs.

The boy’s family said they recently moved to a new home and did not know why Coombs was at that location, police said. Coombs attended a birthday party Friday, but did not return home afterward and did not answer calls from his mother.

Investigation showed the boy returned to the home on James Drive instead of his new home without his family’s knowledge, police said.

The incident remains under investigation.

Contact MAYA T. PRABHU at 444-1722 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_MPrabhu.

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