Fatal house fire and explosion – Pelzer


One person was killed in a fire late Wednesday night in Pelzer and a firefighter injured during an explosion while fighting the fire. West Pelzer, Williamston, and Wren fire departments responded to the Orr Street Fire. One West Pelzer firefighter was injured fighting the fire when an explosion rocked the house, blowing out walls. He was taken to Prisma Health in Greenville by Pelzer EMS.

 A female, identified as Crystal Lynn Pearson, 34, was found deceased in the home. She died from smoke inhalation according to Chief Deputy Coroner Charlie Boseman. According to the coroner, Pearson was the only person in the home at the time of the explosion and fire. Investigators believe oxygen tanks inside the home were part of the explosion. (Photo by David Rogers)


Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said that the fire occurred around 11:00 pm Wednesday night at 1110 Orr Street, Pelzer.

The Anderson County Fire Department, along with Pelzer EMS, responded to the residence.  Upon arrival at the scene, firefighters found the single story residential structure with heavy fire throughout the residence and with reports of an explosion, which is thought to be due to oxygen tanks in the residence.  Upon extinguishing the fire, Fire fighters found the victim in a room towards the front of the residence.
The victim was the only one in the residence at the time of the fire.

The fire is still under investigation.

There appears to be no indication of foul play. The investigation is ongoing by the Office of the Coroner and the Anderson County Fire Department Fire Investigation Unit.