Atlanta-area mom died trying to save kids from fire

April 28, 2013 at 1:20 PM

NEWMAN, Ga., April 28 (UPI) -- Relatives said a Georgia woman who died in a fire this weekend was trying to save the five children inside.

Alonna McCrary and four of the five little girls inside the suburban Atlanta home were killed early Saturday when it was gutted by a fire investigators believe was likely caused by a faulty electricity circuit breaker.

Nautica McCrary, 11, escaped through a bedroom window and was treated for smoke inhalation. Her mother apparently stayed inside to try to help the other children, who were holding a sleepover.

"She just insisted she wasn't going to let them babies go," Roxanne Arnold, who identified herself as Nautica's aunt, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Arnold also said McCrary had reported the electrical issue to her landlord, who sent a repair person to check it but apparently could not correct the problem.

"If you just had fixed it ... this would never have occurred," she told the newspaper.

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