Seven Students Dead in Beach House Fire
The seventh is believed to be a Clemson University student, said Dennis A. Pruitt, the vice president for student affairs at USC.
There were six survivors, all of them USC students. One of the survivors escaped the house by jumping into a waterway.
The fire was discovered by newspaper deliveryman Tim Burns. He saw it early Sunday morning and tried to approach the door but the flames were too intense, he told the Associated Press.
Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith said officials had not yet contacted all the victims' families, and they were not yet releasing their names.
Smith also said that officials are investigating the cause of the fire.