ASHEBORO, N.C. — Authorities said two children died and two adults were injured after a house fire Saturday morning in Randolph County.
Officials said the blaze was reported around 10:10 a.m. at a home on Buffalo Ford Road in Asheboro.
Authorities said four people were inside the residence at the time of the fire. The adults were awaken by the smell of smoke and tried getting the children out, officials said.
Authorities said the two children living in the home – ages five and three – died as a result of the fire. They said the 5-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene and the 3-year-old was pronounced dead at Randolph Hospital.
The names of the victims have not been released. Units remained on the scene throughout Saturday.
The boys’ mother and another adult male living in the residence are currently being treated for smoke inhalation and burns, officials said. Their injuries are not considered life threatening.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Randolph County Fire Marshall’s Office.
A family friend who did not want to be identified said the family is still in shock.
“The house can be replaced, the kids can't,” he said. “The rest of us will pitch in and do what we can.”