SC, NC students join fire victims' moms in D.C.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The mothers of two college students who died in fires in North Carolina are traveling to Washington with students to advocate for campus fire safety.

The trip comes nearly a year after seven South Carolina college students died in a beach house fire during a weekend trip to Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. The mother of one victim, 18-year-old Lauren Mahon, organized the trip for about 30 University of South Carolina students.

Kaaren Mann said she was elated by the response.

The students will leave Sunday and meet up with about 30 students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Tuesday.

Bonnie Woodruff will accompany the North Carolina students. Her son, Ben, died in a fire in his Chapel Hill fraternity house on Mother's Day 1996.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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