ROSEBORO – Two three-year-old children died in a mobile home fire Friday morning in Sampson County. Another child was injured and hospitalized.
A Sampson County deputy was the first on the scene and tried to gain entry to rescue the children, however the mobile home was fully engulfed in flames and he was unable to save them.
The tragedy unfolded at 9:16am at 8821 Roseboro Highway in Roseboro. Calls to 911 reported a mobile home was on fire with the children still inside.
Seven fire departments rushed to the scene and extinguished the fire.
A 12 year-old who also lived at the address was transported by EMS to the hospital. The juvenile sustained lacerations and injuries while also attempting to rescue the two small children.
Based on the initial investigation by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office and Sampson County Fire Marshal’s Office, the parents of the children woke up to a smoke detector alarm. They were unable to get to the two toddlers, a boy and a girl, who were located at the other end of the residence.
The NC State Bureau of Investigation and the NC Office of the State Fire Marshal have been requested to assist in the investigation to determine the origin of the fire. The names of the deceased and injured are currently being withheld.
The Sheriff’s Office and the Fire Marshal’s Office ask everyone to check your smoke detectors. If you are financially unable to afford a smoke detector contact your local fire department to see if they have access to programs that provide them.