Investigators looking for cause of 'small, but deadly' house fire

ATLANTA — Investigators are looking into the cause of a deadly house fire.

A neighbor noticed the fire at the house as the flames grew.

“I know it was three ladies over there and one man,” neighbor Annie Austin said.

Austin lives next door to the house that started burning around 3:30 a.m.Tuesday. She saw the fire trucks.

"Bright red lights," Austin said.

Atlanta Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Derek Harris said his team found a small fire in a bedroom, small but deadly.


"Firefighters entered the house, discovered some pretty good smoke conditions located one person behind a closed door, removed that person and three others," Harris said.

Emergency crews rushed an unconscious woman and a man to the hospital. The others were OK. Police say the doctors treated the man for smoke inhalation, but the woman died at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Austin hated the news.

"When they broke that window, I knew it was in her room," Austin said. “It is very sad any time anybody passes away."

Two other people were home during the fire but were not injured.

Officials are notifying family before releasing the name of the woman who died. A property manager said the new tenants have already been moved to a new place.