Grandfather killed in DeKalb County fire

ATLANTA (AP) - A friend says an 80-year-old grandfather has died in a DeKalb County blaze after he urged his son to save his grandchildren first.

Assistant Fire Chief Norman Augustin told WSB-TV that the fire began Sunday around 8:10 a.m. in a home where a large family lived. He said the victim was trapped in the burning home and died.

Family friend Arthur Cooper said that when the fire started, the victim's son tried to whisk the 80-year-old to safety. Instead, the grandfather pushed his son out of the room and told his son to save his grandchildren.

When the son returned, flames had overtaken the room and he was forced to jump from a window.

The victim's name was not immediately released.

 

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