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Man, woman die in Sandy Springs townhouse fire

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Two residents of a Sandy Springs home died in a fire Monday morning, while the two firefighters who pulled them out of the burning home were injured. 

The blaze broke just minutes before 1:00 a.m. at a townhome in the 8800 block of North River Parkway. 

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Sandy Springs Chief Jeff Scarborough said when crews arrived, they saw only light smoke. Due to a lack of oxygen, he believes the fire burned itself out. 

Firefighters forced their way into the townhome, and found a man around 50 years old laying unresponsive on the floor, and a woman around 80 years old unresponsive on the home's second floor. 

Both victims were taken to nearby hospitals on life support. Crews took the man to North Fulton Hospital and the woman to Saint Joseph's. 

The Fulton County Medical Examiner said later Monday morning that two autopsies were being planned for the two fire victims, but would not confirm the identity of the victims. 

While helping to get the woman out of the house, a firefighter hurt his knee. Another firefighter burned his hand. Both were taken to hospitals to have their injuries treated, but are expected to be okay.

The crews had trouble getting the man and woman outside the home, as Scarborough said the home was cluttered with household items and debris. 

The two victims remained in full cardiac arrest overnight, Scarborough said. 


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