2 brothers killed, parents hurt in Bartow house fire

An early morning house fire killed two brothers and sent their parents to hospitals in Cobb and Bartow counties, officials said. 

Crews responded to the fire that broke out about 1:30 a.m. Friday on Martin Luther King Jr. Circle in Kingston, said Glenn Allen, a spokesman for the state insurance commissioner's office.

Scottie Croy, 49, and Jeffrey Croy, 39, died of smoke inhalation, another spokesman for the state insurance commissioner’s office, Jay Florence, said. 

The mother, Glenda Croy, 69, was flown to WellStar Cobb Hospital and the father, David Croy, 68, went to a local hospital in Bartow County, Florence said. 

Details about their conditions are not known.

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Six pets also died in the fire, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Investigators believe the fire was caused by an electrical issue in an unused bedroom. 

So far this year, 118 people have died in 100 Georgia fires, Allen said. Of those, 90 occurred in residential housing resulting in 106 deaths. 

Investigators found a working smoke alarm in only five of the reported residential fires, Allen said.

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