4 children killed in Hartsville house fire: report

(Source: WPDE)

HARTSVILLE, S.C. (WPDE/WCIV) -- Four{}young children died in a fire Wednesday afternoon in Hartsville, according to City Spokesman Russell Cox.

According to WPDE, an ABC affiliate in the area, firefighters were called to the home on Depot Street at 1:53 p.m. to find the mobile home 75 percent involved.

When the fire was contained, WPDE said firefighters found the bodies of the children.

Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee said twin 1-year-old girls and their brothers aged 3 and 4 were found dead in the home after the fire was put out Wednesday afternoon.

According to WPDE, relatives said the girls' bodies were found behind a dresser, and the bodies of the boys were found under a bed.

"Anytime you have fatalities, it's hard for your first responders. When you have children involved, it's that much worse as it can get for first responders," said Darlington County Sheriff Wayne Byrd.

Neighbors had tried to help as well.

"The whole trailer was engulfed in flames. Everybody was standing around. Rat, (a neighbor) he tried to get in, but he couldn't because of the flames," said neighbor Priscilla Isaac.

Firefighters were on the scene in four minutes and had the fire out within ten minutes, Cox told the TV station. When firefighters arrived on scene, the mother was in the front yard, Darlington County Sheriff Wayne Byrd told WPDE. Byrd did not tell WPDE whether the mother had been in the home.

Firefighters told local media they did all they could to save the children, but the flames were too intense.

Fire officials have not said how the fire started.

Hartsville Police, the Darlington County Sheriff's Office and SLED are investigating the fire, WPDE reported Wednesday afternoon ahead of a press conference being held by officials.

The station said the identities of the children have not been released. The autopsies are scheduled for Thursday in Newberry.

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