Autistic boy dies in Hoschton fire, mother & father escape - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

Autistic boy dies in Hoschton fire, mother & father escape

Posted: Updated:
HOSCHTON, Ga. -

An autistic young man died in house fire that broke out on Jackson Meadow Drive in Hoschton early Thursday. His stepfather and mother managed to escape and were transported to a hospital.

Little remained of the home when fire crews left the scene about 6 a.m. Flames burned away the roof, proving very powerful despite firefighters reaching the home in about two minutes.

A fire official said, "Our guys went through the window and the mom was screaming, ‘He's in there. He's in there.'"

Firefighters arrived to see the Jackson Meadow Drive home engulfed by fire, with flames showing through the roof. Fire officials say the son was in his bedroom. Firefighters braved the fire and smoke to try to reach the young man, but couldn't locate him.

When the house began to collapse on the firefighters, they retreated and tackled the blaze from the outside. Fire crews took up an offensive stance. Once the fire was knocked down, firefighters went back into the house and found the deceased in a closet.

His mother and stepfather were taken to Athens Regional Hospital, Teichner reports. The woman had suffered burns to her hand and he was taken in for evaluation. The State Fire Marshal's Office has been called in to determine what caused the fire.

A total of three fire departments responded to battle the fire.

The names of the deceased, as well as his mother and stepfather, have not been released.

  • More Local NewsMore>>

  • Manchester High evacuated over 'text message' bomb threat

    Manchester High evacuated over 'text message' bomb threat

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:36:51 GMT
    Students at Manchester High School were evacuated from the building late Wednesday morning following a reported bomb threat.
    Students at Manchester High School were evacuated from the building late Wednesday morning following a reported bomb threat.
  • Use of force 'not justified' in officer shooting of Bartow teen

    Use of force 'not justified' in officer shooting of Bartow teen

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:20 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:20:30 GMT
    A Bartow County Grand Jury has stated that the use of deadly force in the February shooting of a teen was 'not justified'. Christopher Roupe, 17, was fatally shot by Euharlee officer who claimed the teen answered the door with a gun.
    A Bartow County Grand Jury has stated that the use of deadly force in the February shooting of a teen was 'not justified'. Christopher Roupe, 17, was fatally shot by Euharlee officer who claimed the teen answered the door with a gun.
  • Man back in jail on rape charges after previous peeping tom arrest

    Man back in jail on rape charges after previous peeping tom arrest

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:28 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:28:00 GMT
    Cobb Police say a young Kennesaw man, who was arrested earlier this month on trespassing and felony peeping tom charges, sexually forced himself on a young woman last week.
    Cobb Police say a young Kennesaw man, who was arrested earlier this month on trespassing and felony peeping tom charges, sexually forced himself on a young woman last week.
Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices