Coroner officially identifies parents, two children killed in house fire

Published: Mar. 21, 2017 at 10:26 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 21, 2017 at 4:05 PM EDT
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(Source: The Kelly Family)
(Source: The Kelly Family)

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A husband, wife, and two children were killed in an early morning house fire in a Lexington County neighborhood, according to the family's pastor.

Pastor Eddie Coakley from Trinity Baptist Church has been given permission from the family to identify the victims as Scott, 42; Mandy, 34; Judah, 10 months; and Lizzie Kelly, 9.

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher also confirmed the identities of the four victims.

RELATED: See photos from the scene of the fire.

The couple's oldest children, Bekah and Jared, both survived alongside their grandmother, who was airlifted to Augusta Burn Center for treatment.

"The Kelly's were an amazing family that loved God wholeheartedly," Coakley, who is acting as the family's spokesman, said. "They chose to live life sharing the love of Jesus with everyone. Their extended family is asking for prayers for the two children who survived and that their privacy be respected at this time."

Flames from the home lit the sky Tuesday morning in the Woodberry Forest subdivision.

Firefighters were called to the scene just after 1 a.m. Tuesday.  When crews arrived "it was a pretty fully-involved fire," said Lexington County spokesperson Harrison Cahill.

The house was destroyed.

SLED is investigating. The cause of the fire has not yet been released.

An autopsy has been scheduled for all four victims on Wednesday.

Trinity Baptist, who is helping the family, has established a fund for the Kelly Family to help in their time of need. If you would like to contribute, please make checks payable to "Trinity Baptist Church" and add in the notes "Kelly Fund." You can go to the church's website for more information by clicking here.

Friends of the family are hoping any donations will help Bekah and Jared move forward.

"There's many fundraisers that'll be going on to help Bekah and Jared get everything back that they've lost," family friend Rikki Travis said. "I know that you can't buy your family back but we're hoping to get some stability back with them. They're all going to be missed."

Rikki and her daughter, Rianne, have also organized a vigil for the family at Brookland-Cayce High School where Bekah is a sophomore. It will be Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the school's flagpole.

We're also waiting on results from the investigation to find out how this fire started and why the family couldn't escape.

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