Woman dies in DeKalb house fire

by: Ashley Swann Updated:

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A DeKalb County woman is mourning the loss of her only daughter in a house fire.

Eris Evans, 37, died in the fire on John Wesley Drive on Saturday morning.

Her mother, Linda Hall, stepfather Robert Hall and a 17-year-old boy all managed to escape. Linda Hall told Channel 2’s Ashley Swann she heard her daughter calling for help but couldn’t get to her.
 
“The house just went up into a big blaze of fire…just burning real fast,” Hall told Swann.  “My daughter started hollering, ‘Mama, the house is on fire. Help me mama, please help me.’’
 
Hall said she opened her bedroom door to find Evans, but the smoke and flames were too much.
 
“It was burning my face so bad I had to go ahead and jump out the window,” Hall said.
 
Hall’s husband, Robert, also escaped. Their 17-year-old grandson broke a window on the opposite side of the house to get out and rushed to be by their side.
 
“I told him to get his granddaddy away from the house, because he couldn’t get up and I ran away from the house,” Hall said.
 
Now tending to her husband who’s being treated for burns and smoke inhalation at Grady Hospital, Hall said she’s drawing strength from her faith.
 
“All my heartaches and my pains will be over when I see Jesus,” Hall told Swann. “Amen and I believe she’s gone on to see Jesus.”
 
The loss of Hall’s only daughter comes within days of the anniversary of her only son’s death. She said she will mourn them both the rest of her life.



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