by: Liz Artz Updated:COBB COUNTY, Ga. —
Fire investigators are determining the cause of a deadly house fire in Marietta.
Fire officials said the couple in the home were not smokers and used neither candles nor space heaters. What investigators do think is that the fire started in the living room.
The 911 call came in at 2:27 a.m. Wednesday at 1189 Wynbrook Road with flames pouring from the home.
A 56-year-old woman told firefighters she awoke to smoke and flames and tried to wake her 58-year-old husband, Arthur Goller. The woman said she tried punching him and shaking him but could not get him to wake up. That's when she ran to a neighbor’s house for help. The couple had been sleeping in the back bedroom of the house. It took 30 minutes before firefighters could get the fire out and safely get inside and get to the man's lifeless body.
“it's very, very sad because when we were debating whether or not to leave, we're like, ‘What about the people? What about the people?’” said neighbor Jackie Jaimes.
Investigators have not released the couple’s name. Channel 2’s Liz Artz spoke to longtime residents who said this is a tragic day. They had known their neighbors for 20 years and are mourning their friend.
Anyone with information which may assist investigators is asked to call (770) 499-3945.