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15-Year-Old Boy Being Charged In Horrific Easter Fire That Killed His 10-Year-Old Sister

A 15-year-old boy from Loganville, Georgia is now being charged with malice murder and felony murder in connection with the death of his 10-year-old sister in a house fire that happened over Easter weekend, according to authorities at the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Authorities went on to reveal that the suspect fled the house right after setting it ablaze, which prompted fire crews to search inside the house for him. The search ended when the authorities discovered the suspect was alive and well “away from the scene.”

Local law enforcement officials have not released the names of either the young victim or suspect in the incident.

Here are more details from Law & Crime:

The fire broke out around 4:57 a.m. on Easter Sunday in the 4400 block of Beaver Road SW, the police department and the fire department both said.

“Once fire crews were able to successfully control the fire, a 10-year-old female victim was found deceased, inside the burned home,” a police department press release stated. “Gwinnett Fire Department Arson Investigators determined the fire was set intentionally.”

Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services crews said separately that a 911 caller who reported the incident “advised there was a fire in front of the house, and she was trying to get the kids.”

“Additional information advised two kids were outside with the caller and two kids were still inside the house,” the fire department went on to state. “Due to the information provided, additional units were requested and started towards the scene.”

“On arrival, firefighters found a single-story residence on a slab with heavy fire involvement throughout the front of the structure. A walk-around of the structure was completed while hose lines were deployed through the tree line to the front of the home. While crews worked to get a knockdown, multiple crews arriving on scene began performing Vent-Enter-Search (VES) which focuses searches on tenable locations for victims primarily utilizing exterior window access. Multiple aggressive search attempts were executed to locate the missing children. After the fire was brought under control, a 10-year-old female victim was located deceased in room used as a bedroom without window access. Efforts continued for the next couple hours to sift through debris to locate the 15-year-old male that was believed to be inside. Around 9 a.m., the 15-year-old was located away from the scene and appeared to be okay. The home sustained extensive fire damage throughout the front half of the structure including the attic. Two cats were also found deceased inside the home,” their description of the incident said.

“One adult and four children were at home when the fire broke out,” the fire department added. “According to a family member, smoke alarms are installed in the home, but they did not activate.’”

An investigation into the full cause-and-origin of the fire is still ongoing, according to the local fire department.

This story syndicated with permission from Chad Prather