Conway Woman Killed In Blaze
Angela Cannon, 51, was found dead of smoke inhalation, said Horry County Coroner Robert Edge. She was also undergoing treatments for cancer, he said.
A volunteer fire station at Kates Bay Rd. about a half mile from the home was unmanned at the time of the blaze, according to Fire Rescue Chief Gary Alderman. Conway firefighters were first to the scene, he said.
HCFR is "stretched too thin," Alderman explained, adding that "volunteerism is a dying thing all over the U.S., not just here."
"It's unfortunate that (Kates Bay) station didn't get out," he added. "I have 32 stations and 18 are career (staffed full-time). When you have more than 1,000 square miles, unfortunately we don't have the funding to put people at every station. We'll never know if having that station manned would have helped her or not," Alderman conceded.
The fire began in the master bedroom, and investigators are trying to determine the cause.