Officials: Mobile home fire kills couple in Clarendon County

Officials: Mobile home fire kills couple in Clarendon County

CLARENDON COUNTY, S.C. (WIS) - A pair of bodies were discovered Saturday morning following a fire in Clarendon County.

Bucky Mock, the Clarendon County Coroner, identified the two people killed in the fire as 67-year-old John Blanton and his wife, 59-year-old Marylynn Blanton. The coroner also confirmed that the family dog died in the fire as well.

Details regarding how the mobile home fire started have not been released. However, one neighbor who witnessed the fire called 911 when she noticed it.

“There was some explosions and you could see the flames come up and the neighbor and I ran up to the front porch and tried to call them to get some kind of a response," Ruth Watts said. "In the meantime, I called 911 and was talking to her all the time and thought we really heard John one time say hey back to us when we were calling and then we didn’t hear anything else.”

The Clarendon County Fire Chief said the fire was extinguished about an hour after they were dispatched.

An autopsy was conducted by the Medical University of South Carolina on Sunday. SLED is currently awaiting the results.

A spokesperson with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division would not say whether the fire was criminal or suspicious, only saying they are still looking into it.

SLED officials say it is not unusual for agencies to ask for their help in cases like this.

At this time, SLED is investigating the fire.

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