North Carolina fire kills seven college students
A beach house fire in North Carolina killed seven college students Sunday, reports the Star Tribune and the New York Times.
Six of the victims were students at the University of South Carolina, and the seventh attended Clemson University. Most were members of the Delta Delta Delta sorority or the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity on a weekend away. Many had bright futures ahead of them.
Experts are unsure of how the fire was started but it appears to have been an accident. It is thought the blaze started near the back deck of the house and quickly spread, gutting most of the house.
Allison Walden, a 19-year-old pre-med major, was one of the students who died. She had left her home in Ohio for the warmth and Greek life of South Carolina. Terry Walden, Allison's father said she spent her last night alive partying and having fun with friends.
â€śIt sounded like they were having a good time,â€? he said. â€śUnfortunately, the fire didnâ€™t show any mercy. They probably never woke up.â€?