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Authorities ID 5th of 5 killed in apartment fire as mother of 2 victims


SPARTANBURG, South Carolina — Authorities say the fifth of five people who died in an apartment fire in Spartanburg was the mother of two victims.

Multiple media outlets report that the Spartanburg County Coroner's Office identified the fifth victim as 52-year-old Elizabeth Ramona Martin Curcio. She was the mother of 19-year-old Martina Curcio and 10-year-old Martin Curcio, who also died in the Dec. 20 fire.

A funeral was held Sunday for the other two victims: 8-year-old Israel Smith and 6-year-old Nehemiah Smith.

The cause of the remains undetermined. Officials say the investigation could take several months because of the extent of the damage.

The 16-unit building at Southern Pines Apartments was destroyed.

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