AUBURN — A Friday morning fire at a residence in the 300 block of Wages Road in Auburn resulted in the deaths of two individuals.
Communication officers with Barrow County Emergency Services received a 911 call about 10:46 a.m. alerting first responders to the fire. Crews from four stations were dispatched to the scene, where firefighters determined there were residents trapped inside the home.
“The home had heavy black smoke throughout making visibility impossible in the home,” said Capt. Scott Dakin, public information officer for Barrow County Emergency Services.
Firefighters made entry in to the home to conduct search and rescue and were able to quickly find one person. That individual was pulled out of the home and was transported via ambulance to a local hospital. As crews continued to search the home for other residents, firefighters found extreme heat and heavy smoke conditions throughout the home.
Firefighters were pushed back outside the structure when the roof collapsed due to the spread of the fire. Access was made through a bedroom window to continue the search for residents, and two more victims were found inside the home. Both were found to be deceased.
“Our firefighters faced a real challenge in conducting this search and worked hard to pull the victims from the home,” Dakin said. “They did everything possible to give the victims a chance. The loss of life is tragic and we are praying for the families that lost loved ones.”
Barrow County’s Fire Investigation Team responded to the scene to conduct an origin and cause investigation. The Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office also sent investigators to assist in the investigation, which was ongoing.
— Staff Reports