Four people were killed and another airlifted to a hospital after an overnight fire in Lexington County Tuesday.
Firefighters responded just after 1 a.m. to the 100 block of Mossborough Drive, where they found a two-story home fully involved, according to Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill. After entering the home, firefighters found four people dead inside.
The victims’ identities will be released by the Lexington County Coroner’s Office.
Three other people who had been inside the home made it out, Cahill said. One of them was airlifted to a local hospital with injuries. Their condition was not immediately known.
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There was no word on the cause or origin of the fire, but Cahill said the home is a total loss. The State Law Enforcement Division is handling the investigation, which is standard procedure for fatal fires.
The home sits on a one-way street not far from U.S. 1 in Lexington. Neighbors say a family with several children lived in the home.
Donnie Marsh, 62, lives two doors down from the house and said he stepped outside around 1:30 a.m. when he heard a loud boom.
"It was engulfed," he said of the home. "You could be across the street and feel the heat."
The street was lined with emergency vehicles, and Marsh said no one could get in or out of the street until around 5 a.m.
He didn't know the family well but said they attend Trinity Baptist Church in Cayce.
"Super nice people," he said. "I went down there one time. We cut up -- 'How's church going?' -- that kind of thing."