South Fulton County

Remains of 7-year-old girl, grandmother who died in South Fulton house fire found

CITY OF SOUTH FULTON, Ga. — Firefighters say the remains of a 7-year-old girl and her grandmother who were killed in a house fire in South Fulton County have been found.

Family members identified the child as Hailey Harris. Four family members died when a fire broke out at a home on Oswego Trail early Tuesday morning.

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Two of the victims, both adults, were recovered Wednesday. Harris and her grandmother were recovered on Thursday afternoon.


Channel 2′s Tom Regan was at the rubble of the home Wednesday, where surviving family members kept a vigil, waiting for their loved ones to be recovered.

Firefighters had to bring in all kinds of specialized equipment to shore up walls and floors at risk of falling in as they searched.

Fire crews spent hours carefully navigating the unstable house, searching for any remains. Firefighters said the rear of the home collapsed as the fire raged, possibly burying Harris and her grandmother.

“It didn’t take but a matter of minutes for the room to collapse, that’s how fast it happened,” homeowner Jerome Harris said.

Five people survived the fire and were taken to hospitals. Their identities and conditions have not been released.

Onrica Harris, Hailey Harris’ mother, has set up a GoFundMe account to help with her daughter’s funeral expenses.

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“I’m so hurt writing this but any type of donation will help and will be appreciated greatly,” she wrote. “Thank you in advance.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but family members believe it may have been sparked by a faulty outlet.