A passerby who saw the flames broke out a window air-conditioning unit and he and Debbie Cash rescued the couple's 6-year-old daughter, Catherine, according to Bailey. The mother and daughter were taken to Gwinnett Medical Center for evaluation. They were both listed in stable condition, Rutledge said.
Les Cash was a retired Army veteran, Bailey said. He had also worked for the DeKalb County school system, she said. Michael would have been a second-grader at Harbins Elementary School.
Sheila Lynch, a neighbor, called the children "two regular kids who loved to play with my kids ... It's just a devastating tragedy."
The fire started in the den, but the exact cause of the fire has not been determined, Rutledge said. He said there were no working smoke detectors in the home.
-- AJC photographer Vino Wong contributed to this article.