Stephen Brewer, age 51, of Gaston, and his father were burning trash on the back of their property on Saturday when the fire began blazing out of control. While firefighters were extinguishing the blaze, they discovered the body of Mr. Brewer, who was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 2:45PM. An autopsy indicated that Mr. Brewer suffered respiratory failure, heat inhalation and thermal injury due to the fire.
The fire remains under investigation by the Lexington County Coroner??s Office and the Lexington County Fire Department.