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Neighbors: 4 killed in Oxford house fire were 'good people'

Posted May 28

— Authorities are investigating after four people died early Sunday in a house fire in Oxford.

Fire crews responded to a home near the intersection of New College and Rectory streets around 3 a.m. When firefighters extinguished the blaze, they found four bodies inside the home.

The names of those killed have not been released. Oxford police say the bodies of those killed have been sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Raleigh.

Four killed in Oxford fire

Neighbors said that a mother lived in the home with her son and daughter as well as a granddaughter in her 20s. Another man also lived in the home, but neighbors did not know where he was at the time of the fire.

"Everybody in the neighborhood knew them. They were good neighbors, good people and it's so sad," one neighbor, who didn't want to be identified, said.

Those who knew the people who lived in the home said they never expected something like this to happen.

"The couple used to frequently come up and come to our yard. Real sweet couple," said another neighbor.

It’s unclear what caused the fire but the neighbor who lived in the area for 16 years said she watched the flames, hoping to see the family inside escape safely.

"The first thing I noticed is that no one was coming out of the house. We knew that someone had to be in there because they're always there," she said.

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