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Owner of NC beach home where 7 died says family is numb

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The owner of the home in Ocean Isle Beach where seven college students died this weekend says his family is "numb, shocked and confused." Chip Auman's 18-year-old daughter survived the fire but is still in a South Carolina hospital for complications from smoke inhalation. So far there is no word on an official cause of the fire. Amateur video shows the flames that ate through the first floor, and then the second of the ocean front property in ocean isle beach. Onlookers called 911 to report the horror unfolding before their eyes. Operator: "Is there any way you can see if people are still inside?" Caller: "We have, we, literally ma'am when I tell you the entire house is entirely and 100 percent in flames right now. If anyone is in that house, I doubt they are alive at this point." In the fire's path of destruction, seven college students, one from Clemson, the others from the University of South Carolina, lost their lives. Witnesses to the fire tried to rescue them from the inferno, but by the flames were just too intense. Tim Burns tried to rescue victims. He said, "My thought was if I could just get in there, I soon discovered the back entry was blocked or burned down, the front entry was blocked there was no way I could get in the windows." Some of the victims have been identified in published reports. They include Cassie Pendley of North Charleston, freshman Lauren Mahon of Simpsonville, freshman Will Rhea of Darlington, and 19-year-old Allison Waldon of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Allison Waldon's father, Terry Waldon said, "That's when it sunk in. I heard her roommate was there from school and the roommate said Allison was on the second floor and no one from the second floor got out." Lauren Mahon's friend and roommate Amanda Palacio said, "Anyone who knows Lauren knows she truly lived by the motto of living live to the fullest. She was such a strong, ambitious girl. She had a lot of goals in life, and we know she was going very far. It's sad what happened, but we know she's looking down on us and smiling and knowing we have a new angel in our lives." Medical examiners in Chapel Hill said there won't be official identifications of the victims for a day or more. The other victims unofficially identified by family and friends include Justin Anderson and Travis Cale, both of Greenville, South Carolina. The University of South Carolina held a prayer vigil Monday night to remember the students lost Sunday.

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