Fire investigators unable to determine cause of house fire that killed 2 children
SUMTER, SC (WIS) - Sumter County fire investigators say the cause of a house fire that killed two sisters Monday night will remain undetermined.
While investigators have ruled out foul play, they cannot rule out accidental cause. For example, they can't determine if the fire was started by wiring in the home, electrical issues, or any other problems.
The Sumter County Coroner's Office says the two girls, Treveah Myers, 7, and Isaya Cook, 5, died from smoke inhalation as a result of the fire at a house on Highway 261 in Pinewood. The two children were staying with their grandmother.
Officials with the Sumter Fire Department say the call came in around 11:45 p.m. When firefighters arrived, the home was 75 percent involved.
Two adults managed to escape the blaze.
Family members say they are distraught. Instead of planning for Thanksgiving dinner, they are now planning for a funeral.
"I don't even have no words," cousin Aimee D'Angelo said. "It's painful. I don't know how we gonna get through the holidays. I don't know. I don't know."
The two children attended Manchester Elementary School. Officials from the school released a statement after the children were identified.
"Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are with the family of Treveah and Isaya. Both girls were a special part of the Manchester Elementary School family. The loss of a student, classmate and friend has a significant impact on both our students and staff. Grief counselors will be available on Monday to help students and staff cope with this tragic loss. Manchester Elementary is a tight knit school community. Both girls will be greatly missed."
Grief counselors will be at the school Monday for students and teachers.
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