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Mother, daughter die in apartment fire

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A mother and her teenage daughter died when fire tore through their apartment, authorities said. Eyewitnesses said they heard explosions and smelled gasoline after the flames broke out about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in a cluster of three apartments above a restaurant.

Charleston County Coroner Susan Chewning identified the victims as Shirley Green, 53, and her daughter Sapphire, 15.

Chewning said the two died of smoke inhalation.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to put out the blaze.

There were no other injuries.

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