Update: Officials looking for man who may have saved family from house fire

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 8, 2013 

Update: The kids that were in Monday night's house fire told officials that a black man rescued them from the burning house, but they were unable to give a further description of the individual, Fire Marshal Ricky Shores said Tuesday afternoon.

Fire officials are looking to identify the man, who may have more information, and, according to Shores, probably saved the family. If you have any information, call 706-653-3500.

Original story: A mom and three kids were severely burned in a Monday night house fire on Melody Drive, according to Fire Marshal Ricky Shores.

The call came in around 11:21 p.m. Monday, Shores said. It took crews about 20 minutes to control the fire, which had engulfed the entire roof at 1615 Melody Drive. He said his crews worked the scene of the 1,000-square-foot house for about five hours.

Shores said the house was a total loss and estimated the damage at $60,000 for the house and $30,000 for the content.

The 31-year-old mother and two of her three kids were taken via MedEvac to the burn center in Augusta, Ga. The five-year-old and 13-year-old suffered the more severe burns, Shores said. The 11-year-old had less severe burns and wasn't taken to Augusta.

Shores said the fire is still under investigation and wouldn't speculate its cause.

The identity of the victims hasn't been released.

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