DeKalb fires another firefighter

Captain Sell Caldwell was fired following a brief internal investigation, DeKalb Public Safety Director William Miller confirmed.

Caldwell was among the crew that responded to an early morning call from Ann Bartlett, 74, reporting a fire in her home in the 1600 block of Houghton Court. The firefighters left, saying they couldn't find a blaze.

After a second 911 call from neighbors five hours later, firefighters returned to find Bartlett’s house engulfed in flames.  Her body was found in the garage.

Acting officer William J. Greene, Capt. Tony L. Motes and Battalion Chiefs Lesley Clark and Bennie J. Paige were fired last Friday for “neglect of duty” in connection to the Jan. 24 fire.

Caldwell, also fired for "neglect of duty," had been on administrative leave with pay while the public safety department conducted its  internal investigation.

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