ST. STEPHEN, S.C. (WCBD)- One person is dead following an early morning house fire in St. Stephen on Thursday.
According to officials, emergency crews responded to the residence on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd around 2:30 a.m.
The Berkeley County Coroner’s Office confirmed a grandmother, who was inside the home with two juvenile grandchildren, has died. The coroner identified the victim as Johnnie Mae Cleaven (65).
Officials say the two children were able to escape the residence safely.
Sharone Giles lives down the street and was good friends with Cleaven. He said that she was wheelchair bound, so he would often bring her food and run errands for her.
“I come to see her almost every day. At least three times a week,” Giles said. “She was a very nice lady. She will be missed.”
Giles remembered Cleaven for her generosity and welcoming spirit.
“She would do anything for you. She didn’t even have to know you. If she could help you, she’s going to help you.”
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) was brought in to assist with the investigation.
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