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Two bodies found at car fire in Rockingham Co.

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One body was found in the car, and the other body was found lying on the ground near the car. (WGHP)

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — The bodies of two people were found at a fire that engulfed a car and a nearby barn Monday morning in Rockingham County.

Rockingham County deputies received a report of smoke on Stacey Road, off Service Road, in Ruffin shortly before 5:30 a.m.

Firefighters arrived to a barn, which stored hay, engulfed in flames, as well as a burning car, deputies said.

A body was found inside the car, while the other body was found outside the car lying on the ground nearby, deputies said.

The victims’ names have not been released pending notification of family. Sheriff Sam Page said names could be released by Tuesday morning.

Deputies don’t know if the victims died before or after the fire. Investigators don’t think a car wreck caused the fire or deaths.

Harden Brown Jr., who leases the farm where the fire took place, was one of the first called out to the scene by investigators.

“You couldn’t really tell what kind of car it was because it was burnt so bad. All you could see was that one little corner of the door was white,” Brown said.

Brown said the car didn’t look familiar to him, adding he doesn’t know why anybody would be on the property at that time of day “unless they have something going on that they don’t want anyone to know about.”

Eric Smith, who lives nearby, said he has recently felt unsafe due to non-locals parking in the area for hours.

“If it’s getting late in the afternoon, you roll up your windows and lock your door coming through here. This area needs to be patrolled more by law enforcement officers than what it is,” Smith said.

Smith said the remote area has been used for deer hunting in the past.

SBI and Caswell County officials aided Rockingham County officials with the investigation. The SBI’s portion of the investigation wrapped up Monday afternoon.