2 dead, 1 critically injured in Barrow County trailer fire

Credit: Barrow County Emergency Services

Credit: Barrow County Emergency Services

A man and a woman died and another man was injured in a fire at a Barrow County trailer Friday morning, according to officials.

Barrow County Emergency Services received a 911 call at around 10:45 a.m. about a fire in the double-wide trailer in Auburn, spokesman Capt. Scott Dakin said. He said units arrived on the scene in the 300 block of Wages Road and were informed there were people trapped inside.

“The home had heavy black smoke throughout, making visibility impossible in the home,” Dakin said.

Crews were able to enter the home safely and quickly found a 70-year-old man, who was pulled out and taken to a hospital in critical condition. But firefighters were then pushed back as the roof collapsed, Dakin said.

They were able to reenter the home through a bedroom window and found two more victims. Both died at the scene, according to Dakin. They were identified as a 58-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman by Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John L. King’s office, but their names were not released.

“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.”

Investigators believe the fire began in the bedroom where the two bodies were found, King’s office said in an emailed statement. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

They were the 83rd and 84th fire fatalities in Georgia this year.