Cause of Fatal Rock Hill Fire Released

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Officials have released the cause of a fire that killed one person and seriously injured another. 

Investigators say the fire on Hoyle Street in Rock Hill was accidentally caused by the homeowner when he tried to dismantle a 25 pound propane cylinder inside the residence for scrap metal. 

Ninety-eight year old Fred Cathcart was killed in the fire.  Officials say he thought the cylinder was empty when he tried to remove it from the home.  However, when the cylinder head was dismantled it resulted in a large pressure release causing an explosion and fire. 

Alice Wilson is recovering from her injuries at a burn center in Winston-Salem.