York County man dies while burning trash

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CLOVER, S.C. (AP) – York County authorities say a man has died while he was apparently burning debris.

Coroner Sabrina Gast said 71-year-old Jerome Hamer died Wednesday night in the fire near Clover.

County spokeswoman Trish Startup says the fire appears to have been an accident.

Three people told deputies they heard an explosion and went to check on Hamer. Chris Wallace said he found the man about 100 feet from a burning, two-story barn.

The York County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.

Fire crews from four stations worked to contain the blaze.

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