Man charged with involuntary manslaughter after discovering fire, not calling 911 | News
WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS)- A 47-year-old West Columbia man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after investigators determined he discovered a fire, but did not alert authorities. The fire killed a 65-year-old tenant of the Granby Oaks Apartments.
West Columbia Police Chief Dennis Tyndall said Daniel Dupuy, 47, who lived in apt. 108 of the complex, has been taken into custody. Investigators say Dupuy discovered the September 12 fire in its early stages and failed to extinguish the flames, call 911, or warn other residents of the imminent danger.
According to an arrest warrant, the fire started in Dupuy's apartment on a countertop in the kitchen. The fire eventually spread to four adjoining apartments.
When officers arrived on the scene, a section of the apartments was fully involved with flames and heavy smoke showing. Police and fire personnel attempted to evacuate the units that were in the potential path of the fire.
The occupant of apt. 207, 65-year-old Jay Gross, was not reached in time and died in the fire.
A subsequent joint investigation by the West Columbia Police Department and the State Law Enforcement Division's Arson Unit determined the fire was not intentionally set, however Dupuy admitted being present in the apartment at the time of the fire.
The apartments were built in 1973 and were not required to have sprinklers.
Firefighters say eight units were destroyed and the fire was contained to one building. The American Red Cross says 12-16 people were displaced as a result of the fire.
Dupuy was being held at the Lexington County Detention Center on $10,000 bond.
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