2 children trapped, killed in Wilkes County house fire

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WILKES COUNTY, N.C. -- Two children were killed in a Wilkes County house fire that occurred Wednesday night, according to Wilkes County Fire Marshal Kevin Bounds.

Officials were called to a home on Little Elkin Church Road around 11 p.m. in reference to the fire. The home was right outside the Ronda town limits.

Within three minutes, a deputy was at the scene and attempted to locate the two boys, ages 4 and 6.

The fire department arrived and attempted CPR but couldn't save them.

The cause of the fire, which has been ruled accidental, is under investigation.

Three brothers were home at the time, the two victims and their 15-year-old brother, who was watching them. Their mother -- Sofia Corona Hernandez -- was at work.

The mobile home where the fire happened is a sort of "hangout" area. There is another mobile home on the property -- about 30 feet away -- where they live. The 15-year-old brother went to the home where they live to get pizza and returned to the other one to find that it was on fire.

It appears the fire started in the kitchen area, at the back of the refrigerator.

The brother called 911, and a deputy was three minutes away. Six minutes after the deputy arrived, the first fire company arrived and located the boys near the back door of the house. The back door was deadbolted, they had to do a knockdown of the fire and then broke down the back door to get in.

The deputy who responded, Deputy Joel Mathis, was taken to Wilkes Regional and treated for smoke inhalation.

The Wilkes County Fire Marshal, Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office, and the North Carolina State Bureau are working on the investigation.