Officials confirm fatal house fire in Bryan County - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |

House fire turns fatal in Bryan County

Posted: Updated:
Effingham Fire and Rescue arrives on scene to help battle the blaze. Effingham Fire and Rescue arrives on scene to help battle the blaze.
ELLABELL, GA (WTOC) -

Fire crews were called out early Friday morning to a structure fire in Ellabell off of Pine Needle Dr. in Bryan County. 

The call went out around 4:15 a.m. Friday. The structure is a single-wide mobile home that sits about 400 yards off of Pine Needle Dr. and officials are not letting anyone down near the scene except for fire and rescue. 

WTOC has a news crew on scene that reported seeing someone taken away in an ambulance. He described the scene as being very hectic with at least 6 fire trucks and several firefighters out trying to battle the blaze. They had to call in even more backup from Effingham County and the city of Pembroke because they ran low on water due to it being in a non-hydrant area. The city of Pembroke sent extra trucks and firefighters, and Effingham County sent a tanker and more firefighters as well.

The Bryan County Coroner's van arrived on scene around 5:30 a.m. Several family members were there and told WTOC that an engaged couple and 3 young children lived in the home. 

WTOC's Ben Williamson has confirmed with Bryan County Fire Chief Ottis Willis that the two adults and the oldest child were taken to the hospital and have now been transported to the Augusta Burn Center with serious burns. The fire chief also confirmed that the two youngest children, ages 4 and 3, did perish in the fire.

Firefighters now have the fire under control. The home was destroyed. No other structures were affected. Fire crews are now monitoring hot spots to ensure the fire doesn't start back up.

There is no word on what started the blaze at this time. Check back with wtoc.com for the latest updates to this story.

Copyright 2012 WTOC. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow