Wednesday, April 24, 2013
HARTSVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities say four children have been killed in a mobile home fire in the South Carolina city of Hartsville.
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.
Hardee said autopsies have been scheduled for Thursday to determine the cause of death and their identities.
Sheriff Wayne Byrd said the mother was in the yard when firefighters arrived. He didn't elaborate.
The fire is under investigation by both the sheriff `s department and the State Law Enforcement Division. No charges have been filed and authorities were preparing to talk with the mother.
Hartsville is a city of some 8,000 people about 60 miles east of the state capital, Columbia.
(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)