Investigators probe Clover blaze

Officials release name of victim in Clover house fire

nsmith@heraldonline.comDecember 28, 2011 

— Investigators spent all day Tuesday sifting through the remains of a house on Christmas Tree Lane that was destroyed by fire Monday night.

The body of Staci Butler, 43, was found inside the house. An autopsy was completed Tuesday afternoon, but York County Deputy Coroner David Chambers couldn't confirm cause of death yet.

Clover Fire Chief Charlie Love said the State Law Enforcement Division and the York County Fire Marshal's Office were investigating the fire.

Officials worked in the rain Tuesday to sort through the wreckage at 412 Christmas Tree Lane. Though the exterior brick siding on the front of the home seemed intact, the fire weakened the roof and destroyed an outbuilding.

"The front looks better than the back," Love said.

Officials heard two reports about separate fires at 412 Christmas Tree Lane. They received the initial call about 6 p.m. in response to an outbuilding on fire at the home.

The outbuilding was destroyed and the house was fully engulfed in flames in a playroom or living room area, Love said.

More than 40 firefighters and 10 trucks from the Clover, Bethel and Bethany fire departments responded to the blaze.

Love estimated firefighters used between 35,000 and 40,000 gallons of water battling the blaze, shuttling two tankers back and forth to the scene.

The fire was under control by 8 p.m., but the house is a total loss. Damage estimates were not available Tuesday.

Nicole E. Smith 803-329-4068

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