Elderly mother, daughter die in Mableton house fire

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Fire investigators are trying to figure out what started an early morning house fire that killed an 83-year-old mother and her daughter.

Danny Goddard grew up in the Mableton neighborhood and was heartbroken when he heard about the fire on Kenneth Lane that killed Maydie Stenetee, 63, and her mother Geneva.

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“Mother and a daughter, just terrifying. You think about your own family and everything when you see something like this, terrible,” Goddard said. “I heard what happened, and I just wanted to come by and pray for this family, everyone in this family.”

Relatives of the women who died in the house fire came to see if there was anything that wasn’t damaged by the flames and smoke, but they couldn’t really salvage anything.

Geneva’s son said his family had lived in the house since the 90s, and he has many sweet memories.

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Neighbors said the two women were beloved in the community.

“She would help anybody and everybody, and all the children loved her,” one neighbor said. “She had a lot of children that came over there all the time, grandchildren, kids. It’s just a really sad thing, a loss for the whole community, and she’ll be missed, they’ll both be missed greatly”

Cobb County fire officials said they’re still working to figure out what caused the fire, which started around 7 a.m. Tuesday.

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“They would just do anything for anybody, and they really were a benefit, a real asset to our community,” a neighbor said. “I’ll miss them something terrible, just so sorry they had to suffer through that horrible situation.”

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