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Report: Man beaten after Pine Harbour fire

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Photo from the scene. (WCIV) Photo from the scene. (WCIV)
Morgan Abernathy (Courtesy: victim's family) Morgan Abernathy (Courtesy: victim's family)

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCIV) -- "I just left them there."

According to an incident report released by the Berkeley County Sheriff's office, those were the words of a man investigators say was beaten after a massive fire at a Goose Creek apartment complex.

Officials say a man later identified as Michael Wayne Still was being assaulted by a large group of people when they arrived on the scene last Thursday.

According to the report, witnesses told officers that Still's eyes were twitching, and he was "stumbling around." A witness told officers she heard Still say, "I just left them there."

BCSO spokesman Dan Moon says Still was questioned by officers but has not been arrested or charged.

An active meth lab was recovered from the apartment complex as a part of the investigation, but officials say they are not sure if Still was involved.

"People was going real crazy to get after him," said Pine Harbour resident Candice Singleton. "But, we got him in the police car. There were just so many upset residents over there."

Singleton said she was speaking with Still just before he was attacked. She said she diverted her attention to a firefighter who seemed to have passed out.

Still reportedly was in apartment D80. According to the report, he left behind Morgan Abernathy (girlfriend), Shonni Abernathy (girlfriend's father), Alberta Pierson (girlfriend's mother), a man named Jerry and a dog.

Morgan Abernathy, 19, was killed in the fire. Officers say they were told Still attempted to run back to the apartment, and when he did, he saw the door was open and heard Morgan screaming in the living room.

Also killed in the fire were 69-year-old Joseph Raeth and 4-year-old Samuel Garbe.

Red Cross communications manager Nancy Olson said 46 people have been displaced, and it's one of the largest fires the organization has ever responded to.

ABC News 4 has attempted on numerous occasions to seek comment from management at Pine Harbour Apartments. On Monday, a person who identified herself as a regional manager said they will "not be answering any questions or doing any interview, now or ever."

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