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Home fire kills 2-year-old girl; parents treated in Augusta

COLUMBIA --- Columbia officials say a house fire Friday morning killed a 2-year-old girl and injured her parents.

Officials are investigating the cause of the fire that killed Brianna Mitchell.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts told The State newspaper that Brianna died of carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation.

A spokeswoman for Doctors Hospital in Augusta said the parents were in critical condition Saturday at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center.

Columbia Deputy Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins says a smoke detector alerted the parents, who got out of the house.

He says Brianna's father and a neighbor tried to go back in but were overtaken by heat.

Firefighters were able to get the girl out, but she died at a Columbia hospital.

Atalaya arts festival brings 101 artists from 15 states

MURRELLS INLET --- Artists from 15 states, including California, Colorado and Wisconsin, met for this weekend's Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival in Murrells Inlet.

The 33rd annual event is being held at Huntington Beach State Park at Atalaya, a Moorish-style structure built during the depression as a home and sculpture studio for Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington.

The 101 artists and craftsmen participating in this year's show were selected from a pool of 280 applicants.

Their art includes everything from basketry and photography to woodworking.

The festival ends today.


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