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70-year-old woman dies in early morning Socastee fire

Taggart Houck

A 70-year-old woman died in a mobile home fire early Monday in Socastee while three other residents managed to escape the blaze that broke out after 2 a.m.

The deceased, Maria Vaca, died from smoke inhalation, ruled Darris Fowler deputy county coroner.

Crews were dispatched to the fire around 2 a.m. and found a single-wide trailer at 5532 Keith Street partly engulfed in flames, said Mark Nugent, Horry County Fire Rescue spokesman.

Firefighters found the victim inside and tried without success to save her life, Nugent said.

Another person was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. That person has not been identified.

The smoke alarms were working in the trailer and alerted the residents to the fire, Nugent said.

Michaela Broyles: 843-626-0281, @MichaelaBroyles

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