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6 dead in Sampson Co. mobile home fire

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GARLAND, N.C. -

Six people are dead after a mobile home caught fire early Saturday morning in Sampson County, investigators say.

The fire at 552 Gibbs Road in Garland was reported to authorities just after 1 a.m. The cause of the incident is still under investigation.

"My grandson knocked on the door really, really hard," said cousin and neighbor Joyce Miles. "I knew something was wrong. I looked out the door, saw the fire and I just ran over there. By the time we got there, the whole front of the home was gone."

Authorities found five bodies in the rubble of the mobile home immediately, and a sixth victim was found a few hours later.

The names of the deceased are being withheld pending positive identification by the medical examiner and notification of the next of kin.

Relatives of the victims tell WNCN that Laura Ann Newkirk, James Earl Wilson, Johnny Kent Newkirk, Nita Robinson, Tashiya Robinson and Andre Smith were inside the home when it caught fire.

"It's just going to be a tragic loss for the family," said James' brother, Jimmie Wilson.  "It's just a time where we all have to pray together."

No foul play is suspected, but investigators are still processing the evidence as a crime until the cause of the fire can be determined and autopsies are complete.

Authorities said this tragedy should serve as a reminder to everyone to make sure you have working smoke detectors in your home.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

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