Firefighters can't save Aiken blaze victim

Blocked entryways hinder rescue efforts, authorities say

Aiken County firefighters were unable to save a person trapped in a fire on Brucewood Drive Friday morning.

The Aiken County Department of Public Safety was called to the fire at 741 Brucewood Drive just after 3:30 a.m.

Because personal items blocked the entry, firefighters attempted to extinguish the fire from the building’s exterior. Later, a victim was found dead in the residence.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton identified the victim as Marlene Leich, 74. He said her body was found on a sofa in the living room.

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