Four children killed in Hartsville house fire identified
Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:02:03 GMT —
The four children who died Wednesday in a house fire in Hartsville have been identified as Myasia Hawkins and her twin sister, Kynasia Hawkins, ten-months-old, their brother, Delonta Dixon, 4, and another brother, Camaron Mason, 2, according to Coroner J. Todd Hardee.
Autopsy results show all the children died from smoke inhalation.
When firefighters arrived at the single-wide mobile home on Depot Street just before 2 p.m., it was already 75 percent involved.
When they got the fire out, they found the bodies of the children.
Relatives say the girls' bodies were found behind a dresser, and the bodies of the boys were found under a bed.
Firefighters were on the scene in four minutes and had the fire out within ten minutes, according to Hartsville spokesman Russell Cox.
Firefighters say they did all they could to save the children, but the flames were too intense.
Sources close to the investigation tell us they are still looking into whether an adult was in the home when the fire started.
When firefighters arrived, the mother was in the front yard, according to Darlington County Sheriff Wayne Byrd, but it's not clear if she was in the home when the fire started.
Depot Street was closed for seven and a half hours Wednesday afternoon as investigators worked at the scene.
Hartsville Police, the Darlington County Sheriff's Office and the State Law Enforcement Division are investigating the fire.
The City of Hartsville is planning a candle light vigil in memory of the children at Centennial Park at the intersection of 5th Street and Carolina Avenue at 8:30 p.m. Friday, according to Mayor Mel Pennington.
Pennington was also one of the firefighters who responded to the fire.
The American Red Cross is helping the family.