A father and his two young sons died in a pre-dawn fire Sunday in rural Lexington County, relatives said.
The father, 39, died trying to save the lives of two of his sons, ages 3 and 4, relatives said. His body was found, together with his sons, near the center of the house, relatives said.
Six people, four of them children, were taken to Lexington Medical Center. They were treated and released.
Relatives said they had been asked by Lexington County law enforcement and fire officials not to publicly identify the dead.
The 70-plus-year-old one-story cinderblock and wood house, though modest and in a rural section, had been home over the years to five generations of the same extended family.