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SLED: Cause of house fire that killed 3 kids, their father undetermined

Scene of deadly McCormick County house fire (Jan. 8, 2017/FOX Carolina) Scene of deadly McCormick County house fire (Jan. 8, 2017/FOX Carolina)
James dressed as a firefighter. (Source: Family) James dressed as a firefighter. (Source: Family)
MCCORMICK, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The McCormick County Sheriff's Office said a fire killing four people is under investigation.

Just before 1 a.m., firefighters from Sandy Branch, Plumb Branch and McCormick fire departments were called to the scene on Greenfield Road. After crews spent 20 minutes gaining control of the fire, four victims were located inside the home.

Deputies said family members reported the victims were three children and an adult male.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division's arson team was called in to investigate. The McCormick County Coroner's Office is also assisting.

Preliminary reports do not indicate any signs of foul play, deputies said.

SLED said the cause of the fire has been listed as undetermined. According to SLED, there was no specific source of origin that can be used to find the cause. 

Remembering the fallen

Melissa Raugh is still grieving over her son's tragic death.

"He loved his wife," she explained, "He loved his kids. He loves his family."

Raugh died Monday morning in a house fire with his 3 children; James, Jordan and Jalissa.

Family members say the oldest of his three kids, 4-year-old James, had dreams of becoming a firefighter.

She is asking as many first responders as possible between now and January 12 to help send James "on duty" by putting a sticky note inside their cruiser, tanker or ambulance in memory of James. She is asking those who participate to take a photo and post it on social media using the tag #JRaughOnDuty.

The Raugh family says they were surprised how fast the movement took off. They had fire departments all around the country taking J. Raugh on duty with them.

"They've got helmets , cops and EMS workers all over the United States and everywhere," said Melissa.

Locally, the Sandy Branch Volunteer Department which was one of the first departments to respond to the fire, did their part.

"It's a big family. I think it's just great that people are putting this out there for this young man," said Chief Ed Slimm.

She says it has helped the family as they try and move on without them.

Officials at the Bartow County Fire Department also made James a part of their crew with his own name badge, helmet and assignment.

The family was laid to rest on January 12 at Restoration Ministries in Greenwood. A GoFundMe page was set up to assist with funeral expenses.

Friday, the family buried Nathan, James, Jordan and Jalissa in Greenwood. Hundreds came out to pay their respects to the family. Like family friend and firefighter, Donese Stewart.

"It's a really difficult time for all of us," said explained.

After responding to the Raugh's plea to have "J Raugh On Duty," crews from around the region showed up. From Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Lt. Ian Matijczuk is with the Augusta Fire Department. He said even though he didn't know the family, he wanted to show his support.

"It's amazing to see everyone come up here and support a fellow firefighter."

Donations can also be dropped off at the Sandy Branch Volunteer Department.

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