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Child dies despite VES save at Ga. house fire

Barrow County firefighters faced heavy fire at the front of the house and were shown a bedroom window where the child would be


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By Alexis Stevens
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

BARROW COUNTY, Ga. — An 8-year-old died early Friday after being pulled from a burning home, according to Barrow County officials.

Shortly before 2:30 a.m., firefighters were called to the 100 block of Matthews School Road near Winder, according to Officer Scott Dakin with the fire department. A 911 caller reported that people were inside the home.

“As we arrived on the scene, we found a home heavily involved in fire and the family advised that there was still one person in the home,” Dakin said in a statement. “Our firefighters made a rapid entry through a bedroom window where the person was reported to be. During the vent, enter, isolate, search mode a subject was found still in one of the beds located in the room.”

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Firefighters were able to pull the child out of the bedroom window and began emergency medical care, Dakin said. The 8-year-old and two adults from the home were all taken to hospitals, but the child did not survive.

The child’s name was not released.

“Unfortunately, despite heroic efforts by the firefighters, the child passed away as a result of injuries from the fire,” Deputy Chief Brett Skinner said. “I am very proud of the fact that they put their lives at risk in an attempt to give the child the best chance at surviving. My thoughts and prayers will be with the family that suffered such a great loss, and the firefighters who were on the scene.”

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The home was heavily damaged by the fire. Investigators have not determined the cause.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration website, more than 50 Georgians have died this year in house fires.

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