Updated:ELKIN, N.C. —
Investigators believe a generator caused the carbon monoxide poisoning that killed a
7- and 8-year-old inside their North Carolina home on Wednesday morning.
The children's mother, Kathryn Gilliam, is in critical condition.
Surry County emergency officials say Gilliam and her two young children had just moved into their home in Elkin Tuesday night.
Two friends helping the family to move returned at about 5 a.m. Wednesday and found Gilliam unresponsive in the hallway.
Gilliam's 7-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter were found dead in a bedroom.
Two pets also died.
Investigators say the home did not have normal power service, so the family was using a generator.
Investigators believe the generator had been running since 11 p.m. last night and was almost out of fuel.
in critical but stable condition at the hospital.
The Surry County EMS director said an autopsy will not be necessary for the children because the cause of death is obvious.
Elkin City Schools provided grief counselors at the children's elementary school today.
The children's names have not been released.