Two people are dead after a house fire broke out at a residence late Wednesday night, according to Aiken County authorities.
Capt. Eric Abdullah, a Aiken County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said Thursday afternoon the deadly blaze appears to have been sparked by “a failure in an electrical extension cord that was powering an appliance” in the North Augusta home.
Emergency units responded to the house fire on the 1000 block of Wormrath Road in North Augusta around 10 p.m. after receiving a 911 call from a neighbor.
Abdullah said the neighbor told emergency units they believed that someone was inside the residence. Firefighters located two victims inside of the home and rescued them from the fire. The victims were transported to a local hospital where they were later pronounced dead.
The victims’ identities and causes of death have not yet been released.
Abdullah said a preliminary investigation of the incident revealed that the home was occupied by eight people who were all asleep when the fire started. No other injuries have been reported.