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UPDATE: Two children die in Statesboro fire

Two young children died late Saturday night in a fire at Barn Mobile Home Park in Statesboro.

Statesboro Fire Chief Tim Grams said a fire with victims possibly trapped inside was called in just before midnight to the mobile home park located off Highway 301 South about a half-mile south of the Bypass.

Units from the Statesboro and Bulloch County Fire Departments arrived on scene to find a single-family home, Lot #53, with heavy smoke and fire showing from the house, Grams said in a release Monday morning.

An unidentified woman on the scene told firefighters that two children were still inside the home and likely were in a back bedroom of the structure. Grams said firefighters entered the building to conduct a search for the children and begin putting out the fire.

Firefighters were able to quickly locate and remove the two victims from the house. However, Grams said attempts by firefighters and EMS personnel to revive the victims were unsuccessful and both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Bulloch County Coroner Jake Futch told WTOC-TV in Savannah that the children were a 2- and a 3-year-old.

 “Any fatality as a result of a fire is tragic but when children are involved it is especially heartbreaking,” Grams said. “Despite our firefighters’ best efforts, the amount of fire and smoke present when units arrived on-scene made it unlikely anyone would be able to survive that extreme of an environment.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family of the two children.”

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Grams said the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office would conduct an investigation into the fire.

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