A noted South Carolina journalist died in a Darlington fire early Sunday morning.
The Florence Morning News reports that columnist 67-year-old Dwight Dana died in a fire at his 110-year-old, two-story home. Dana’s 28-year-old son Radisson also died in the flames. Paula Dana, Dwight’s ex-wife, said Radisson made the initial 911 call and told communications officers he was going into the main home in search of his father. Radisson lived in a house behind the main home.
The Darlington Fire Department spent more than two hours battling flames at the home. They are still investigating the cause of the fire.
Dana was the longtime editor of the (Darlington) News & Press; a staff writer for the (Hartsville) Messenger; a staff writer and columnist for the (Florence) Morning News; and he served as Florence bureau chief for The State newspaper during the 1980s.
He was a Darlington native who graduated from the University of South Carolina and served as a military correspondent in the Navy during the Vietnam War.