UPDATE: Victims identified in deadly Duplin County house fire, SBI called into help investigate

UPDATE: Victims identified in deadly Duplin County house fire, SBI called into help investigate

Authorities say it happened around 5:00 a.m. on Highway 41 near the Duplin/Sampson county line.

DUPLIN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Authorities have identified a man and a woman killed early this morning in Duplin County.

The bodies of 71-year-old James Willis and 70-year-old Diana Brown are being transferred to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsies.

Authorities say fire crews were sent just after 5:00 a.m. to the home on South Highway 41 near Powell Page Road which is near the Duplin/Sampson county line.

Crews arrived to find the mobile home on fire with flames shooting through the roof.

Flames were shooting through the roof of the home.

Flames were shooting through the roof of the home.

As crews fought the fire, they found two victims dead inside the home.

The home was destroyed in the fire and its cause remains under investigation by the SBI.

The fire was reported shortly after 5:00 a.m.

The fire was reported shortly after 5:00 a.m.

Multiple fire departments from the two counties fought the fire this morning.

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