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Two killed in early-morning fire

fatal fire 1 (PCSO)-webBy MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

Two adults were killed and an infant was injured early Monday in a fire that broke out in a mobile home at 6836 Poplar Lane in the Dublin area.

The identities of those involved in the fire are not being released pending notification of the victims’ next of kin. Pulaski County Sheriff Jim Davis said the bodies of the adults who died were taken to the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke for official confirmation of their identities.

The sheriff’s office received a report of the fire at 3:31 a.m. Davis said the mobile home was fully engulfed in flames when deputies arrived on the scene.

Pulaski County Emergency Management Coordinator Josh Tolbert said four of the six people inside the home, two adults and two children, were outside when firefighters arrived on the scene.

“We knew there were two others who were supposed to be in there,” said Tolbert. However, he noted the home was already so fully involved with fire that it was too late to attempt a rescue.

Tolbert said a female living at the residence indicated the walls were in flames when she got the youngest child to flee the house. He said a 16-month-old child was transported to Wake Forest Medical Center burn unit for treatment of burns, and then was released.

Besides the original mobile home, there was a large addition to the back of the house, about double the size of the mobile home, Tolbert said. The adults who died in the fire were in a bedroom approximately in the middle of the structure, he said. He said it is his understanding they were visiting with the owners, who were the surviving adults.

The bodies of the victims were located after the fire was extinguished, said Davis. Fire departments cleared the scene just before 11 a.m.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. Dublin Fire Department and sheriff’s office investigators are jointly conducting an investigation.

Fairlawn and Newbern fire departments, REMSI and the sheriff’s office, assisted Dublin Fire Department at the scene.

Roger Hudson, disaster services manager with the New River Valley Chapter of American Red Cross, said Red Cross is assisting the family with food and clothing.