UPDATE: Fire that killed father and son in Oak Island ruled accidental


OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — The investigation into a fire that killed a father and son in Oak Island has been ruled accidental.

No word on how the fire started, but investigators say the case is now closed.

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According to Scott Garner, the fire marshal for Brunswick County, the call came in around 11:50 p.m. Thursday night. When fire crews arrived, the house was fully involved.

“I saw smoke billowing right out of the eaves of the house, just coming out in droves,” neighbor Rick Jennings said.

The victims have been identified as Edward Michael Mylod, 56, and Casey Mylod, 16, a rising junior at South Brunswick High School.

Brunswick County School’s released the following statement.

Brunswick County Schools is sad to confirm Casey Mylod, one of the two victims in the house fire on Oak Island earlier today, was a rising junior at South Brunswick High School.  The system is providing grief counseling and support to staff today and will remain in place to support students and staff as school begins next week.

Our thoughts and prayers will remain with the family.

Oak Island’s fire chief and police chief say three other people got out of the home safely.

“You just start crying, and you pray for them,” Jennings said. “Nothing else you can do. Reach out to the family. Something like that. That’s what I plan to do for our church. But there’s nothing else you can do.”

A GoFundMe page has been created for the family. More than $2,000 has been donated since the page was started Friday morning.

A Oak Island Police spokesman says the Mylod family has been here for many years. The mother, Shannon, volunteered and worked for the Town Parks and Rec Department for many years. Her mother and two other brothers are familiar faces in the community. They say the family literally left the house with only the clothes on their backs.

The Oak Island Police and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are collecting donations to help the family recover from their losses. Clothes, furniture and house hold items may be dropped off at the Oak Island Police Department. Any donations that you can help with will be greatly appreciated.

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Also, there will be vigil and fundraiser this evening at 6:30 p.m. at the ball field behind the Oak Island Police Department.

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