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Six dead in Sampson County house fire

Posted August 30
Updated August 31

— Six people were killed early Saturday when fire destroyed a home in Garland, the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office said.

Emergency crews responded to the home, at 522 Gibbs Road, shortly after 1 a.m. Joyce Miles, who lives nearby, said the home was engulfed by the time firefighters arrived.

"I was just screaming, I was like Lord, Lord help us," she said. "We kept calling for the fire trucks, calling and calling. It took forever for the fire trucks to get there."

Miles said her cousin, her cousin's son, his girlfriend and her two kids, along with her cousin's boyfriend, lived inside the mobile home. 

"I knew if the girl was in there, there was a possibility that her children were there, too," she said. 

The names of the people killed and their relationships to each other have not been released.

"These were healthy body people. I don't see how they didn't make it out," Miles said.

Sampson County officials said Saturday that there were no indications of foul play, but an investigation of the fire is ongoing. The cause of the fire is unknown.

The State Bureau of Investigation and ATF agents are assisting Sampson County officials with the investigation.

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