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Father, 9-year-old son found dead after Hall County residential fire

The single-wide mobile home was fully involved with fire when crews arrived just before 8 a.m. Sunday.

HALL COUNTY, Ga. — Hall County fire officials said firefighters discovered the bodies of a father and his 9-year-old son, who died as the result of a residential fire in the 5400 block of Smallwood Drive on Sunday morning.

According to Division Chief Zach Brackett with Hall County Fire Services, it happened at about 8 a.m.

Brackett said initial callers reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the structure.

When fire crews arrived, they discovered a fully-involved single-wide mobile home. Brackett said that when the fire was extinguished, they discovered the two victims inside.

The victims were identified as 40-year-old Jesse Hinds and his son, 9-year-old Jesse Hinds, Jr.

Brackett said the cause of the blaze is presently undetermined. The Hall County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the incident and will provide additional information as it becomes available. 

11Alive was able to confirm that Hinds, Jr. was a student at Mt. Vernon Elementary School. Officials told 11Alive they are "prepared to meet the needs of our students and staff who will be grieving" when they return to school Monday from the Thanksgiving holiday.

"Our hearts go out to the Hinds family," school staff said.

Meanwhile, neighbors are also calling the deaths a tragic situation. 

"Very sad especially when there is a child," one neighbor said. "You hate fore anybody to be in there, but when there is a child, it affects everybody." 

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