Barking dog alerted neighbor to house fire that killed 4

Barking dog alerted neighbor to house fire that killed 4

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - New details surrounding the house fire in Lexington County that killed four people on Tuesday are slowly beginning to trickle in as SLED continues to investigate.

A neighbor of the home that caught fire said she was one of the first to call 911 after her dog woke her up barking. Another neighbor said she was awakened by the sounds of explosions and a red glow before she too called authorities.

According to Harrison Cahill, spokesman for the county, Lexington County Fire Station No. 9 was the first fire outfit to arrive at the scene just four minutes after 911 was called at 12:51 a.m.

RELATED: See photos from the scene of the fire.

The station is only 2.7 miles away from the Woodberry Forest subdivision where the home is located.

Seven people were inside the home when the fire broke out, but four people, Scott Kelly, 42; Mandy Kelly, 34; Judah Kelly, 10 months; and Lizzie Kelly, 9, perished in the fire.

Three others, a grandmother and two other children, managed to escape. The grandmother, however, was transported to the Augusta Burn Center for treatment. At last check, her condition was not known.

SLED, meanwhile, said they have not yet discovered the cause of the fire and it's still unknown if the smoke detectors in the home were working at the time. Investigators said they do not expect to release any new information about the case today.

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