• Father, 9-year-old son die in Hall County fire

    By: Michael Seiden

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    HALL COUNTY, Ga. - Authorities are investigating a fire that killed a man and his son in Hall County on Sunday morning.

    Hall County Fire officials said firefighters responded to a fire at a home in the 5400 block of Smallwood Drive just before 8 a.m.

    The victims were identified as Jesse Hinds, 40, and Jesse Hinds Jr., 9.

    Callers said there were heavy smoke and flames.

    “When I got up a little before 8 o’clock, I always look out the window and I saw blazes,” said neighbor Melanie Doster, who has lived on the street for three years.


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    Firefighters said the single-wide mobile home was fully engulfed in fire when they got there. When they extinguished the fire, they found the father and son dead.

    “I would see the little boy playing out in the street. I always waved and sometimes he would come to the edge of the yard and he would play there," Doster said. 

    The cause of the fire is currently unknown. The Hall County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating, and additional information will be provided when it is available.

    A spokesman for Hall County Schools told Channel 2 Action News that Hinds, Jr. was a third-grade student at Mt. Vernon Elementary.

    The spokesman said that teachers described Jessie Jr. as smart and very well-liked. The principal has also called in grief counselors Monday.

    “Right after Thanksgiving and school going to be starting back tomorrow , it’s going to be a sad day for a lot of little children," Doster said. 

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