BEAUFORT, S.C. (WSAV) – A Burton home caught fire and left one man dead and two critically injured Saturday night, the Burton Fire District said.
The fire occurred at a single-wide mobile home on Dream Catcher Lane around 11:45 p.m.
The 911 callers told authorities a man was still inside the home, and firefighters made their way to the back of the home to find him.
“In an average house, there is less than five minutes until the house is engulfed in flames and the mobile home even more so,” explained Burton Fire Captain Daniel Byrne.
Burton Fire says crews removed the man, now identified as Chase Goude, under heavy fire conditions. He was transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital where he died.
Two other men were critically injured but were not inside the home when firefighters arrived, according to Burton Fire.
“There’s a lot of people either directly from our fire district or people that we know were directly impacted by this fire,” said Byrne. “It hit really close to home.”
Family members have identified one of the men injured as Goude’s father. They say he was trying to save his son’s life when he was injured.
“Any fire or fire death or any type of a death that ends with a tragedy is just that — a tragedy for all involved. But in this case, Chase was from this community, he went to high school here and even some of our firefighters knew him personally,” explained Byrne.
Goude is survived by his wife and three young children. Family members are raising money for their recovery on GoFundMe. So far, more than $50,000 has been donated.
“We are learning a lot more about Chase and the type of man Chase was, and I think that’s the biggest lesson in Chase’s memory,” Byrne said, “to get to know our neighbors, to find out who people are before we talk about who they were.”
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.