ROSEBORO, N.C. (AP) — Two 3-year-olds were killed and a 12-year-old was injured trying to rescue them from a fire in a North Carolina mobile home, officials said.
News outlets report that the fire broke out Friday morning in Roseboro. The 3-year-old boy and 3-year-old girl died and a 12-year-old boy was taken to the hospital with severe cuts from trying to break a window to save the younger children, the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office said.
A smoke detector woke the the children’s parents, allowing them to escape, but couldn’t get to the two children at the other end of the home, the sheriff’s office said. A sheriff’s deputy who was the first at the scene attempted a rescue, but the structure was engulfed in flames. The two younger children were found in the bedroom they shared.
Nine people from two families occupied the doublewide mobile home.
The Red Cross is assisting the families. The State Bureau of Investigation and the Office of the State Fire Marshal have been asked to help investigate.
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