Update from Bartow County Schools: Off-duty firefighter and Cass Middle School Wrestling Coach P.J. Piatt noticed smoke billowing from a home on Gilreath Road while watching a baseball game nearby late Thursday afternoon. That instant, instincts kicked in and he jumped in his vehicle and found the home engulfed in flames. A neighbor was already there, and together, they helped locate 12-year-old Keystin Neal who was trapped in a back bedroom. At that time, firefighters Dillon Lange, Logan Sutton, and Christian Howell arrived. Piatt helped hoist the other firefighters into the back bedroom window where they saved Keystin’s life! Almost unresponsive, Keystin was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital. A firefighter was also treated and released from a different local hospital. According to Keystin’s mother, he is doing well with no burns to his body. The Bartow County School System is incredibly thankful for its quick-thinking CMS coach and all the Bartow County firefighters involved in this rescue. They are true heroes in every sense. The Cass Middle School Family also extends its love and support as hundreds of cards roll in for Keystin!
WSB-TV interview with Keystin Neal’s mother. Also, the injured firefighter has been released from Cartersville Medical Center.
From the Bartow County Fire & Emergency Services agency: Crews were able to rescue a child from a burning home Thursday evening at 104 Gilreath Road. The boy, now at Grady, was said to be in stable condition. One firefighter was injured and remains hospitalized as of Friday morning but is in good condition. A fire investigator was on scene Friday morning for a follow up investigation but the fire is believed to be accidental in nature. The child was home alone at the time of the fire. Initial reports were that there were possibly other children in the house. Firefighters made multiple searches to confirm that no one else was inside.