Cause of deadly home fire in Quinby unknown

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - The investigation into the house fire that killed two people over the weekend continues. At this time, officials do not believe foul play was involved.

"They were good neighbors. We would always see them walking the dog," said James Moore.

James Moore lives directly across from the Quinby home, which caught fire on Saturday. Moore wasn't home when the fire started, but says it didn't take long for him to hear about what happened to his neighbors.

"We had neighbors that called us and told us that there was a fire on creek drive, and we could not believe who it might have been," said Moore.

The Florence County Coroner's Office confirms. 59-year-old Lindsay Franken and 55-year-old Jerold Aiken died while inside the burning home.

"They did have one victim that got out of the house," said Windy Hill Fire Chief John Delung.

Neighbors said the home that burned, belongs to the Aiken's. They say Mrs. Aiken was able to make it out, but she suffered some burns.

Windy Hill Fire Chief John Delung said when fire crews arrived to this home, 50 to 60 percent of it was already consumed with flames.

"Within 30 seconds they located the first victim in the front of the structure," said Delung.

Delung added it took more time to find the other victim because the body was trapped under fallen debris.

"We know all the neighbors around us here. So, were looking out for each other as far as property and things like that. I'm glad to be in this neighborhood with the neighbors that I have."

Moore says the Creek Drive Community is a tight knit group of people and the loss of their neighbors is devastating.

"There were some good neighbors there… very helpful with the boys and very helpful to people in the neighborhood so they are going to be well missed, said James Moore.

The Florence County Sheriff's Office, Coroner's Office and SLED are investigating this fire. Those agencies were investigating on Sunday, but right now there is no word on what caused the fire.

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