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Two die in Holden Beach fire


HOLDEN BEACH -- For the second time in the past seven years a home on Jolly Roger lane in Holden Beach has burned to the ground. This time, the homeowners didn't make it out.

Investigators say the latest fire started around two Tuesday morning and that the first time the house burned a grease fire was to blame. The cause of Tuesday morning's deadly fire is still unknown.

Sara Rhodes was a friend of the victims. She said, "[It] makes you think about how quick God can take life from you and just how precious it is."

Rhodes and Jarrod White spent Monday night visiting with their neighbors Debbie and James Robinson. A few hours later they woke to the sound of sirens and fire trucks.

They ran over to their friends' house only to find the Robinsons didn't make it out in time.

Jarrod White said, "We're going to miss them a whole lot."

Jarrod and Sara were able to save the Robinsons' dog Sailor.

Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said, "[It's a] good reminder to check your smoke detectors. On these cold nights people are starting to use their heat and this is a just a good reminder to check your smoke detectors with these late night fires."

The couple's dog, Sailor, did survive the fire. He is now in the custody of the Robinsons' neighbors who say they plan to take care of Sailor if the Robinsons' family can't take him.

"They couldn't have children. Their four-legged babies were their children," Rhodes said. "She's always going to have a home no matter what."

This is not the first time the Robinsons' home has caught fire.

The State Bureau of Investigations and local Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms investigators are looking into what started the fire and whether or not the couple had working smoke detectors in their mobile home.

Investigators say it could be days before an official cause is released.

This is the second deadly fire in Brunswick County in three weeks. The first killed seven college students vacationing at a home in Ocean Isle.

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