Apricot Lane fire victims in good condition

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Two women who escaped a house fire Saturday were in good condition Sunday at Doctors Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

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A 92-year-old man died in a house fire on Apricot Lane on Saturday afternoon. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF   JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
A 92-year-old man died in a house fire on Apricot Lane on Saturday afternoon. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF

Belinda Neal and Rhonda Greenawalt were taken to the burn unit at Doctors after a fire at 2431 Apricot Lane. Greenawalt’s 92-year-old father, who was identified by neighbors as Carl Glymph, died in the blaze.

Lt. Carlton Bradley, a Richmond County fire investigator, said the cause of the fire was still not clear Sunday evening.

Neal, a former caretaker of Glymph’s, escaped the fire through the front door with her boyfriend, Robert Lewis. Lewis said while he was in the house he saw Glymph on fire. He tried to go back for him after getting Neal out, but the flames were too intense.

Neighbors threw a log through a side window and pulled Greenawalt to safety just before the tires on the two cars in the garage exploded and a large part of the roof caved in.

When the fire department arrived, flames were shooting out of all the windows and the roof, Battalion Chief Ivan Bolgla said. They found the body in one of the back rooms.

The house was a total loss. A day after the fire, half of the roof was gone, the windows were boarded up and people worked to remove debris. All that was left of the cars was their frames.

Richmond County Deputy Coroner Johnny McDonald said the man’s body was burned so badly it would have to be identified by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation during an autopsy by comparing dental and medical records. Because a positive ID hasn’t been made, McDonald declined to release the victim’s name Sunday.

Neighbor Julia Johnson said Glymph had lived in the neighborhood for 50 years.


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