House Fire Takes Life of Middle School Student

A Marion County Middle School student is dead as the result of a house fire early yesterday morning. Marion County Sheriff Ronnie Burnett says the 12 year old 6th grader, Jacob Watts, was found in the basement of the Kimball home after fire fighters arrived on the scene around 5 am. The victim’s mother was seriously injured during the blaze and is being treated in the burn unit of an Atlanta, Georgia hospital. Burnett says 2 other children and 2 adults also in the home at the time of the fire escaped without minor injuries. State investigators arrived at the location yesterday. Burnett says foul play is not suspected in connection with the fatal fire.

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