N.C. Beach House Fire
Kills 7 Students
Reported that killed seven college friends died in a fire at a
beach house in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. Six of the seven victims attended the University of South Carolina; the other
attended Clemson University. Six other South Carolina students in the
house survived. The was house owned by the
parents of one of the students.
Several houses near the one that burned were filled with college
students and the students were going back and
forth between the houses all weekend.
Associated Press writers Estes Thompson in
Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., Mike Baker in Raleigh and Daniel Yee in Atlanta
contributed to this report
Families Mourn 7 House
By SAM SCOTT and ANAHAD O'CONNOR
October 30, 2007
Reported on the achievers who lost their lives in the Ocean Isle
Beach fire. Allison Walden's father said she spent her last night alive
listening to music and partying with her friends. "“It sounded like they were having a good time,” Allison’s father,
Terry Walden, told The Associated Press. “Unfortunately, the fire didn’t
show any mercy. They probably never woke up.”"
Also reported that six other students staying at the house escaped but suffered minor injuries, including
smoke inhalation. Anna Lee Rhea's two of her brothers were in the house. One of
them, Andrew, made it out alive; the other, William did not.
An earlier version omitted credit to The Associated Press for
reporting used in this article, including quotations from Terry Walden,
Anna Lee Rhea and Amanda Palacio.
Carolina fire victims were high school buddies
Reported that three of the college students, Emily Yelton, Travis Cale
and Justin Anderson, who died in a house fire
Sunday at a North Carolina beach house graduated from the same , high school
in Greenville, South Carolina. Yelton and Cale, 20, were boyfriend and girlfriend,
Cale attended the University of South Carolina and Emily attended
Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith was reported to have said the house was "engulfed" in
flames when the fire department arrived on the scene, about five minutes
after being notified. The flames shot into the sky and ultimately left
little more than portions of the framing.
Profiles of the SC college students killed in a beach house fire
Posted on Wed, Oct. 31, 2007
The article provided a profile of the seven victims:
- Justin Michael Anderson, 19, loved fishing and played football and
soccer at J.L. Mann High School. Justin was University of South Carolina
sophomore and member
of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, came from a family of Gamecock
alumni and was the second of four sons.
- Travis Lane Cale, 19, also graduated from J.L. Mann. Like Anderson,
Travis was always smiling and wore a faded USC baseball cap that seemed
molded to his head. Like his high school classmate, he loved to fish and played church
basketball. The freshman also played guitar and learned to dance when he was
young, ballroom style and shag - another Southern tradition.
- Lauren Astrid Mahon was always on the go, talking "90 miles per
hour," according to her best friend and roommate. "She'd always say, 'If you listen closely, I make perfect sense."
Freshman Lauren planned to work in real estate law.
- Cassidy Fae Pendley was a high school cheerleader and soccer player
and attended an academic program for the best and brightest high
school juniors at the Gov.'s School at the
College of Charleston helped the Delta Delta Delta sorority pledge learn
to be more outgoing. Cassidy, was a freshman chemical-engineering major
and National Honor Society member with a radiant smile. ""She always, always carried a positive vibe," Rodney Otadoy, a high
school and college classmate, told The Greenville News. "She always had
the biggest smile ever. The only thing bigger than her smile would have
to be her heart.""
- William Robert Rhea was a funny, outgoing person who did
everything with his older brother Andrew who survived the fire with only minor injuries.
William was a freshman member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. William
played basketball, baseball and golf and was employed as a
- Allison Christine Walden grew up in the Midwest and was known as a cheerful, positive girl who liked to
have a good time. However, Allison also was studious and had a
promising future according to her father. Allison was a sophomore exercise-science major wanted to get her master's
degree in anesthesiology assistance.
- Sophomore Emily Lauren Yelton attended Clemson University
In the process of changing her major to early childhood
education with a goal of teaching kindergarten. Emily and
her identical twin sister Meredith were roommates and Delta Zeta
Dreams Ended in Rush of Morning Fire
By SAM SCOTT and ANAHAD O’CONNOR
New York Times October 31, 2007
Article provides more information about the deceased students.
Sam Scott reported from Wilmington, N.C., and Anahad O’Connor from
Campus Mourns 7 Killed in N.C. Fire
Reported on the reactions of students at the University of South Carolina
to the loss of the classmates killed in a weekend beach
Associated Press writers Estes Thompson in Ocean Isle Beach,
N.C., Mike Baker in Raleigh Daniel Yee in Atlanta and Jacob Jordan in
Columbia contributed to this report.
deadly beach house fire likely accidental
By Oren Dorell, USA TODAY
Reported that investigators quizzed dozens of college students
who filled several nearby homes seeking descriptions for anything about
the people in the house.
Contributing: Jennifer Lindgren of WLTX-TV in Columbia, S.C.; the
UNC-Chapel Hill Students Witnessed Ocean Isle Beach Fire
Posted: Oct. 29, 2007
Reported that as
many as 50 students from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
were visiting Ocean Isle over the weekend near where seven South Carolina students died in a fire. The UNC students went to Ocean Isle for a weekend retreat with their
service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega.
Reporter: Kelcey Carlson
Photographer: Geof Levine
Web Editor: Minnie Bridgers
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Beach House Blaze's
Cause May Be Smoking
Reported that a discarded cigarette or other smoking
materials may have caused a beach house fire Officials said
there has been absolutely no indication that the fire was
intentionally set but because of the extensive damage it was impossible
for investigators to pinpoint the exact source.
Also reported that the students all died of smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide
funeral held Monday for victims of beach house fire
Posted: Nov 5, 2007
Updated: Nov 5, 2007 08:08 PM
Reported on the funeral for the final victim of the North
Carolina beach house fire for Cassidy Pendley. Later that week, USC held an official memorial for all seven
young people who died in the fire.
Posted by Bryce Mursch
Grief in garnet-1,500 pay quiet tribute to students’ spirit
Posted on Thu, Nov. 08, 2007
By JAMES T. HAMMOND and ALLISON ASKINS
Reported on the memorial service at the University of South Carolina
for the victims of the beach house fire.
Reach Hammond at (803) 771-8474. Reach Askins at (803) 771-8614.
Alcohol Found in Some
Beach Fire Victims
Reported that six of the seven college students killed
last month in a beach house fire had alcohol in their systems. The
blood-alcohol levels ranged from .16 percent to .29 percent, double the
legal limit for driving. The Medical examiner said the alcohol
levels may have affected the students' coordination and "their ability
to respond." However, a prosecutor said he doesn't believe
drinking played a role in the deaths.
Posted on Sat, Nov. 17, 2007
6 fire victims had drunk
disagree whether that could have been factor in fire itself or students’
inability to escape
Reported that six of the seven deceased South Carolina college students had blood-alcohol levels as much
as three times the legal limit for an adult operating a vehicle.
The students, all of whom were underage, had blood-alcohol levels
ranging from 0.16 percent to 0.29 percent. Lauren Mahon did not
have alcohol in her system.
Also reported on the disagreement between the medical examiner
and a prosecutor as to the effect that those levels of alcohol had on
the student's reaction to the fire. Added to the the debate was
the following: "But with blood-alcohol levels that high, the students’ reaction
times were likely slowed and their judgment impaired, said Dr. Robert
Stafford, medical director for the Lexington-Richland Alcohol and Drug
Reach Beam at (803) 771-8405. The Associated Press contributed
to this report.
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Report: 6 students killed in fire had been drinking, but alcohol did not
contribute to deaths
Posted on Fri, Nov. 16, 2007
Reported on the results of the alcohol level tests.
- Clif LeBlanc
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Article published Nov 20, 2007
to fire tragedy
Reported that although officially alcohol didn’t kill any
of the seven college students, "it’s hard to believe, however, that drinking didn’t play a role in some
of the deaths." Moreover, "other young people should consider the possible consequences before they
go on drinking binges. Driving isn’t the only potentially deadly
activity associated with alcohol."
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