October 30, 2007
MSNBC.com reported that seven students died of North Carolina fire and burn injuries Monday after a blaze erupted in the beach house where they were staying for the weekend. Six of the seven fire and burn victims who passed away were University of South Carolina students; the other attended Clemson University.
The fire ignited before 7 a.m., destroying the first and second floors of the beach house, which was built on stilts, forcing firefighters to use a ladder to get to the first floor.
Several college students were staying in homes on the beach that weekend to enjoy some of the season’s last nice weather. Police taped off the area, including several vehicles, one of which was burned out beneath the home.
Officials from the State Bureau of Investigation as well as the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and Explosives are investigating the North Carolina fire accident. A cause has yet to be determined.