Victim identified in fatal Aiken fire


The Aiken County Coroner has identified Paul Callan as the man who died in a Clearwater fire earlier this week. John Machin was injured in that fire and is still in the hospital.

An autopsy on Callan revealed that he died from smoke inhalation and thermal injuries.


Rebecca Massaro grabbed her cell phone and started rolling as she was passing through this North Augusta neighborhood.

"The fire was in a blaze when we got here," Massaro said. "We were on our way to work. So we stopped to try and help, because there was only one police here."

Midland Valley Firefighters say three-fourths of the home was burning when they arrived, but they got it out quickly.

"We did have one burned patient outside. They're at Doctor's Hospital, and one fatality inside the trailer," said Fire Chief Sean Johnson.

Neighbors said they rushed to get two of the victims to safety, but they were only able to rescue one.

"We couldn't get this man out, so I just sat and waited for the sheriff to get here fire trucks," Massaro said.

Massaro said she's known the victim since she was a little girl, and at one time lived in this mobile home that's now destroyed.

"It's sad. I've been living here all my life, and to know that, trying to help somebody, there wasn't too much I could do," Massaro said.

The surviving victim was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover, as neighbors standby in shock, and loved ones mourn their loss.


One person is dead, and another person has been sent to the hospital after a fire at a trailer on Dogwood Drive in Aiken County.

The Aiken County Coroner's Office said in a news release the fire began at around 7 a.m. in what they described as a "late model mobile home."

The deceased person was found in the bedroom of the mobile home. Positive identification is pending autopsy and notification of next of kin.

The investigation into the fire is ongoing.