Wednesday, August 14, 2013

13-year-old charged with setting fatal fire

Posted on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Savannah Fire & Emergency Services investigators charged a 13-year-old girl with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a July 14th house fire on E. DeRenne Drive that resulted in the deaths of two children.

"The blaze, which erupted just after 2:00 p.m. at 239 E. DeRenne Dr., engulfed the entire rear of the house," says a department spokesman. "Two children, ages six and 13, were pulled from a smoke-filled bedroom by Savannah firefighters and rushed to Memorial University Medical Center. The children remained in critical condition in the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit until their deaths four days later."

Investigators say the 13-year-old girl arrested today was present at the house when the fire broke out but was able to escape the burning structure. In addition to the involuntary manslaughter charges, she was charged with a single count of 1st degree arson. She was arrested at the Chatham County Youth Detention Center where she remains in custody awaiting an initial detention hearing.

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