• 2 kids killed, mother seriously injured in house fire

    By: Lauren Pozen , Steve Gehlbach

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    BUTTS COUNTY, Ga. - Two kids were killed and their mother seriously burned in a house fire in Butts County on Friday.

    The sheriff told Channel 2 Action News that they got a call around 2:30 p.m. about the fire at the home on the corner of Valley Road and Oak Street.

    The mother and her two boys, ages 2 and 3, were inside at the time. The mother, who was rescued by firefighters, was badly burned and flown to Grady Memorial Hospital. Both children died.

    The Jackson fire chief said the mother was screaming that her children were still inside the home. 


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    The sheriff said people on the scene tried to get inside, but the fire was too big.

    "We didn't have a chance to go in because the flames were so intense, the fire was so intense out the front of the house," a neighbor said.

    The fire chief said when firefighters got inside they went to look for the children. 

    "We found that they were not where she said they were and after we had extinguished the fire, we found the children in the front room where she said she was," chief Harvey Morris said.

    The mother had five children in total. The three others were in school at the time, the sheriff told Channel 2 Action News.

    The State Fire Marshal said the fire was accidental and started at an electrical outlet in the hallway. He says there is no evidence of working smoke alarms in the home.

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