Victims identified in deadly Summerville mobile home fire

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Firefighters were called to the scene of an overnight mobile home fire that claimed two lives in Summerville.

The two victims of the blaze at the Royal Manor Mobile Home Park were a mother and son, according to authorities. Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet identified the victims as Sharon Zey Hodge, 51, and Christian Aaron Zey, 9.

Tony Castrovillari's wife woke him up when she saw the fire from their home.

"She said there's a fire and I looked out the window and the flames were shooting up," Castrovillari said."I mean they were higher than the pine trees and I said oh wow!"

Paige Plempel is a friend of Sharon Hodge. She says Hodge babysat her kids yesterday.

"The most amazing woman I ever met. She's just giving, giving, giving, so unselfish and she's not living if she's not sharing it with others," Plempel said.

A third person inside the home, a 19-year-old, was able to escape the home, according to Plempel.

"He heard his mother scream 'Fire', and by the time he got out there it was so engulfed and he grabbed what he could, but he hoped they were already out," said Plempel.

Plempel said the 9-year-old victim just celebrated his birthday last Sunday.

About 27 firefighters fought the fire. Officials say firefighters tried to make several attempts to get inside the home, but the fire was too intense.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, authorities say.

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