Alcohol In Six Of Seven Students Who Died In Beach House Fire

The state medical examiner says all but one of the South Carolina college students killed last month in a beach house fire had alcohol in their systems, but the local prosecutor doesn't think it played a role in their deaths.

Dr. John Butts says six of the seven victims had blood alcohol
levels ranging from .16 percent to .29 percent when they died. The
legal limit for driving in North Carolina is .08 percent, and Butts
said the alcohol levels may have affected the students'
coordination.

But Brunswick County prosecutor Rex Gore says it's not uncommon
for students to drink at the beach. Gore says alcohol played no
part in the fire at Ocean Isle Beach, noting that one of the
students killed had no alcohol in their system.

Six students were able to escape from the burning home and
survived the fire.


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