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      Bodies of 4 children found in home destroyed by fire

      Hartsville, SC (WACH / AP) - Hartsville authorities say the bodies of four children were found in a home destroyed by fire Wednesday afternoon, according to WPDE-TV.

      City Spokesman Russell Cox told WPDE's Tonya Brown the fire was extinguished within 10 minutes after firefighter arrived and fire crews were on the scene within four minutes of receiving the call around 2 p.m.

      The children were found soon after the fire was under control.

      Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee said twin 1-year-old girls and their brothers aged 3 and 4 were found dead in the home after the fire was put out Wednesday afternoon.

      Hardee said autopsies have been scheduled for Thursday to determine the cause of death and their identities.

      Sheriff Wayne Byrd said the mother was in the yard when firefighters arrived. He didn't elaborate.

      The fire is under investigation by both the sheriff `s department and the State Law Enforcement Division. No charges have been filed and authorities were preparing to talk with the mother.

      Hartsville is a city of some 8,000 people about 60 miles east of the state capital, Columbia.

      (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)