House fire kills child, injures 3 in Barrow


The body of an 18-month-old Winder girl was recovered from a Rockwell Church Road home destroyed by fire overnight. The house was located off the roadway near Moons Bridge Road

Three other people, a 50-year-old man, 22-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl who sustained critical injuries in the fire that started just after 2 a.m. Wednesday, were airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital, according to Barrow County Fire & Emergency Services Lt. Scott Dakin. The victims were treated for burns and smoke inhalation.

Dakin said drivers passing by the saw the fire and notified authorities. Barrow County fire crews also called for assistance of theĀ Arcade and South Jackson VolunteerĀ Fire Departments to aid in shuttling water to the three fire engines battling the blaze. The home was a complete loss.

Another person visiting the two-story residence was located, treated and released from the hospital.

Fire crews had the fire nearly under control by 5 a.m. The investigation is under way into the cause of the fatal blaze.

Winder Wesleyan Church is collecting food, clothing and other items the family may need. Donations can be dropped off at the church office between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., or contact Anthony Murrell at 770-714-8541. Winder Wesleyan Church is located at 64 E. Midland Ave., in Winder.