South Fulton County

House where intentional fire killed 4, including 7-year-old, to be torn down in South Fulton

SOUTH FULTON, Ga. — The City of South Fulton will tear down a home where four people died in an intentionally set fire. The youngest victim was just seven years old.

Channel 2 Action News reported from outside the home off Oswego Trail the morning of Oct. 19. Twelve people from two families were inside the home.

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Eight people escaped the fire, but four of them died, including 7-year-old Hailey Harris and her grandmother.

The city will tear down the home Thursday morning because the house has been deemed a safety hazard. The city also hopes this helps heal the community.

“We’re demolishing the home to ensure the safety of others living in the neighborhood. It basically is a shell of three walls,” said Code Enforcement Director Brian Morris. “At the same time, we feel this is the start of healing for the neighborhood. With the house gone, hopefully the painful memories will start to fade and people can move on from this tragedy.”


In October, family members told Channel 2 Action News that they believed the fire may have been sparked by a faulty outlet.

However, South Fulton fire said in December that it appeared someone set the fire. No charges have been filed as an investigation continues.

Officials are offering a $10,000 reward for any information. Anyone with information is urged to call the hotline at 800-282-5804.

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