NEWNAN, Ga. -- Many in the city of Newnan are still grieving after a tragic overnight house fire this past weekend. The fire took the lives of five people, including four children.
Since then, residents have bonded in support, building a monument-sized memorial outside the Midland Park home.
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"Children are just ... you know, they're really just young and innocent," said Newnan chief D.L. Meadows. "It gets to you."
Fifteen Georgians have died in fires this month. That's the largest number in any April this century. Fire fatalities rarely happen, let alone with children.
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"Our officers and firemen have been beating themselves to death since Saturday," said Meadows, "trying to figure out what they could have done differently."
Police continue to investigate the fire. They have already ruled it an accident that originated in the home's electrical box.
At the time, many children were taking part in a sleepover at the house, family members said. Meadows said Saturday the mother, 28-year-old Alonna McCrary, went back into the house to try to rescue the other kids after having already saved one of them.