‘In tears’: Toddler, grandmother die after fire engulfs house in Chester

CHESTER, S.C. — A three-year-old boy and his grandmother died after a fire broke out at a home in Chester, investigators said.

The home is on Walker Street, which is at the intersection of Pinckney Street and Center Street. Officials said just after 1 a.m. Sunday, someone saw fire and flames coming out of the home and went to a nearby convenience store to call 911.

Three firefighters went inside and brought 3-year-old Logan Givens and 67-year-old Loretta Mills out of the home. They were taken to the hospital where they died from their injuries.

“I just said ‘omg.’ I was just nervous when I saw Ms. Loretta on the ground and the baby -- I fell in tears myself,” said neighbor Willie Bell.

Givens would have turned 4 years old in April.

Bell said he was there as firefighters pulled Mills and her grandson out.

“They tried to do CPR on her. They tried hard, but I don’t think they could make it,” Bell said.

Neighbors said Mills lived at the home for about 20 years and loved her children and grandchildren. Bell said she was a good woman and will be missed by the entire community.

“She was very humble. A nice lady all around Chester, so I’ve been knowing her 12 years since I’ve been on Walker Street,” he said. “And she’s always been real nice to her children, she’s like a parent to her grandchildren.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation at this point. Firefighters did say the two victims were the only people inside the home.

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