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4 Children Die In Georgia House Fire

9:47 PM, Jan 9, 2013   |    comments
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CONYERS, Ga. -- Authorities say four children, all under 10 years old, died in a house fire late Tuesday night on Pinedale Circle in Conyers.

Investigators now say the fire began on the second floor, either in the bathroom, of just outside the bathroom in the upstairs hallway.

The family's pastor Rev. Billie Cox identified the siblings as 8- month-old Deon Glass, Jr., 3-year-old Amoni Roberts, 7-year- old Deshon Glass and 9-year-old Ah'Dariya Glass. Deshon would have turned 8 next Saturday.

Their brother Darnell Glass, Jr., who turned 6 on Wednesday, survived with minor injuries after their mother Reba Glass threw him out a second-story window before jumping herself. She received severe burns and is being treated at Grady Hospital's burn unit in Atlanta. Darnell was transported to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

The children's maternal grandmother, Rosetta Mitchell, escaped injury but was said to be extremely distraught. She was helping comfort her daughter and making funeral arrangements.

Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson said four of his officers arrived at the family's duplex within seconds of the fire being reported at 11:05 p.m. Tuesday and tried to put out the blaze with hand-held extinguishers, but the fire was too strong.

Wilson said the bulk of the fire was on the second floor of the home and while it failed to burn through the roof, windows were blown out by the fierce blaze. The upstairs portion of the house was destroyed. The four children who died were found in two upstairs bedrooms.

Wilson said there had been a fire in the first floor fireplace, but it may not have caused the larger fire.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms took samples from that area of the home to find out if an accelerant was used.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and has not yet been determined.

Morgan said there was no evidence that the house was equipped with smoke detectors.

Ah'Dariya and Deshon were students at Shoal Creek Elementary School, as is their brother Darnell.

A memorial fund has been created for the family. Donations to the Glass Family Memorial Fund, account 1009683226, can be made through Wells Fargo.

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