New Year's Day house fire claims 21-year-old's life (Update: Home rebuilt)

Update March 6: One year and two months after the fatal fire, remodeling of the home at 108 Smith Street is complete.

And hoping to honor his daughter's memory, Olivia Saylor's father, Paul Saylor, spent a night at the home.

The Post and Courier has a follow up report on the remodeling of the home, a memorial plaque, and Paul Saylor's perspective; take a read here.

Update February 10: Olivia Saylor's father, Paul Saylor, went before Charleston's Board of Architectural Review seeking permission to tear down the charred remains of the home where his daughter died.

Saylor's request was to tear down the 19th century house and instead build a walled garden in the space. The Board denied his request in a 4-3 vote.

The Post and Courier has the story.

Update January 4: Live 5 News has posted a recording of the 911 call made early January 1st describing firsthand the scene of the 108M Smith Street fire; listen here.

Update January 3: During a press conference held this afternoon, authorities released some new information about the suspected origins of the fire and the rescue attempt, but still are puzzled as to how the fire was sparked.

First reporting: A 21-year-old woman perished in an early morning house fire on January 1st.

A raging fire broke out in Olivia Saylor's 108M Smith Street home around 4 a.m. on New Year's Day. The exact source of the fire is still under investigation, but evidence suggests that the blaze began in the kitchen. 

Two of Saylor's dogs and one of her cats also perished in the fire.

The Post and Courier's reporting paired with News 4 Charleston's photographs from the scene paint the most complete picture of Charleston's first fire fatality of the new year. 

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