South Carolina Deacon, Wife, and Two Children Who ‘Loved God Wholeheartedly’ Die In Tragic House Fire

(Source: The Kelly Family)

A husband, wife, and two children were killed in an early morning house fire in a Lexington County neighborhood, according to the family’s pastor.

Pastor Eddie Coakley from Trinity Baptist Church has been given permission from the family to identify the victims as Scott, 42; Mandy, 34; Judah, 10 months; and Lizzie Kelly, 9.

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher also confirmed the identities of the four victims.

The couple’s oldest children, Bekah and Jared, both survived alongside their grandmother, who was airlifted to Augusta Burn Center for treatment.

“The Kelly’s were an amazing family that loved God wholeheartedly,” Coakley, who is acting as the family’s spokesman, said. “They chose to live life sharing the love of Jesus with everyone. Their extended family is asking for prayers for the two children who survived and that their privacy be respected at this time.”

Flames from the home lit the sky Tuesday morning in the Woodberry Forest subdivision.

Firefighters were called to the scene just after 1 a.m. Tuesday.  When crews arrived “it was a pretty fully-involved fire,” said Lexington County spokesperson Harrison Cahill.

The house was destroyed.

SLED is investigating. The cause of the fire has not yet been released.

An autopsy has been scheduled for all four victims on Wednesday.

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SOURCE: WIS