DILLON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Two men are dead after a house fire occurred Monday night on Roberson Street in the Riverdale community, according to Dillon County Coroner Donnie Grimsley.
The victims were identified as Frank Jones, 69, and his brother, Joseph Jones, 60, according to Grimsley.
A third person injured in the fire was taken to a nearby hospital and then transferred to a burn center in Augusta, Ga.
Fire officials received the call around 11:00 p.m.
Dora McDuffie, a neighbor and friend of the family, said she would keep them all in her prayers. She has lived on Roberson Street, just houses down from the family, for the past 11 years and has seen the brothers cared for daily by their sister.
"It just tears me up for when she finds out," McDuffie said. "I can imagine because she took good care of them, and she was a very talkative and friendly girl and I saw her every day."
McDuffie was inside her house when she saw the family's home go up in flames.
She added, as did most of the people who live in the community, that the brothers would walk along the street and were always smiling.
The family gathered all around the neighborhood. The uncle, Michael Grice, said he came to the house as soon as he got the call. He added he will dearly miss his loved ones.
"They used to go up and down the streets as they walked with the neighbors, and everybody knew them by name. They had friendly smiles," Grice said. "Everybody is going to miss that. They didn't harm anybody, just real friends to everybody."
He wants the entire Riverdale community to come together during this time.
"We were totally shocked because of the fact we saw the younger son, which is special needs, and he was at church on Sunday and he was having such a good time at church speaking to everyone," Grice said.
The church and Riverdale people want to start a donation fund for any funeral help.
The Dillon County Sheriff's Office and the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the cause of the fire.