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Toddler killed, 3 injured in Barrow County house fire

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An 18-month-old girl was found dead inside of a home destroyed by fire in Barrow County early Wednesday, the Barrow County Fire Department confirmed.

Three others – a 50-year-old man, a 22-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl – suffered fire-related injuries and were airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Family friends told FOX 5 that the homeowner, Russ Sauls, was badly burned while trying to rescue his young granddaughter.

"They said he has 80 percent burns to his body, but they say he is going to be OK. I hope and pray," said Neal Boynton.

The fire broke out shortly after 2 a.m. at a house on Rockwell Church and Moons Bridge roads. Barrow fire officials say they received numerous calls from people who saw the house on fire as they drove by.

Two of the burn victims, including the mother of the toddler, ran to a neighbor's home for help.

"She said, ‘I tried to get to the baby, but I couldn't get to the baby.' And I said, ‘What did it look like where the baby was at.' And she said, "It was fire and I couldn't get to it,'" said Mike Chambers.

A 16-year old in the home, identified by friends as Wynn, jumped from a second story window to a burning first floor roof.  The fire seriously burned her legs.

Firefighters arrived to find the fire fully involved.  Due to the great distance of the driveway and hill, it was difficult for Barrow Co. fire crews to run water to the home. Crews from Jackson County were called in to assist by bringing in a water tanker.

Investigators have already determined that the fire was not intentionally set, so they will concentrate what inside or out might have sparked the fire.

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