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Five dead in Georgia house fire; 11-year-old girl sole survivor

April 27, 2013|By Michael Mello
  • Family members and neighbors console each other following a house fire that killed four children and their mother in Newnan, Ga. The children's older sister, 11, was the only survivor.
Family members and neighbors console each other following a house fire… (David Tulis / Associated…)

An 11-year-old girl was the sole survivor of a house fire that killed four other children and an adult early Saturday in the western Georgia city of Newnan, about 30 miles southwest of Atlanta.

The girl was awakened by her mother, who said the house was on fire and urged her to run, authorities told the Los Angeles Times.

Authorities said the girl's mother, Alonna McCrary, died trying to save the other children, who ranged in age from 1 to 5.

The surviving girl was treated at a local hospital for smoke inhalation, the Associated Press reported.

Firefighters got the call at 1:17 a.m. and arrived to find the home fully engulfed.

Investigators with the Georgia Fire Marshal’s office traced the fire to an electric panel in the home and have ruled it an accident, according to the Associated Press. Firefighters did find the remains of a smoke detector.

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