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Fire Officials Continue Investigation Into N.C. State Students' Deaths

Posted October 9, 2005

— N.C. State students Dylan Cody Pilkington,19, and Brandon Davis, 22, died when a fire swept through a duplex near campus early Friday morning. One day later, the duplex became an emotional gathering place for friends, family and fraternity brothers.

They were still too devastated to speak to the media as fire officials continued their investigation into what caused the fire.

Investigators said Saturday the victims likely died from smoke inhalation while trying to escape the duplex, which was the home to eight fraternity brothers from Sigma Alpha Mu, though the residence was not an official fraternity house.

Investigators said 10 people were asleep inside when the fire started. Eight made it out, and one young man jumped from a second-story window to escape. That man, Jason Pfister of Greensboro, suffered broken bones and was treated at WakeMed. He was released from the hospital on Saturday afternoon.

WRAL also spoke with Raleigh Fire Marshal Larry Stanford on Saturday by phone.

He said the cause of the fire was still under investigation, and they were looking into several possibilities. They do not suspect foul play, Stanford said.

Investigators said the fire started in a first-floor game room, and Pilkington and Davis were found on the second floor.

He added that the duplex had smoke detectors but no sprinkler system.

Investigators plan to return to the duplex on Sunday to continue their investigation.

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