Six dead after fire erupts in North Carolina mobile home

North Carolina fire leaves six dead

A fire consumed a North Carolina mobile home and claimed six lives early Saturday morning, authorities said.

Rescue crews responded to the blaze on Gibbs Road in Clinton, a town of about 9,000 in the eastern part of the state, around 1 a.m. Saturday, according to a statement issued by the Sampson County Sheriff's Office.  Crews found the mobile home completely engulfed in flames.

Six bodies were discovered inside the remains of the trailer, according to police, but their identities were withheld pending notification of the family.

Sampson County Sheriff's Capt. Eric Pope declined to say if any of the victims were children or how the victims were related and said further information would be released after the medical examiner's office completed autopsies.

Dozens of firefighters from multiple agencies responded to the scene, according to Pope, who said the residence was not located in a mobile home park or close to other residences.

Sheriff's officials did not disclose the cause of the fire on Saturday morning, but investigators did not suspect foul play, according to the news release.

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