The names of the victims from the Easter Sunday house fire have been released per Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King.
“Two residents, Cynthia Beard, 72, and Johnathan Cleck, 20, were home at the time of the fire and tragically passed as a result,” said King. “The origin and cause of this event are still under active investigation at this time. Our Fire Investigations Division assisted the Bartow Fire Department on this case.”
These mark the 46th and 47th deaths from Georgia fires in 2021.
Two others survived the blaze at the 1,700-square-foot home build 35 years ago. The home was destroyed by the blaze.
Two relatives have died while two others escaped a residential fire at 170 Oak Leaf Drive east of Cartersville on Sunday evening, according to the Bartow County Fire and Emergency Services office.
Firefighters reported heavy, black smoke showing from a distance. Crews arrived and were told two people were still inside; the home was “fully involved” at that time.
Two relatives who escaped were transported to WellStar Cobb with possible smoke inhalation injuries.
Firefighters worked throughout the night to find the other residents because of structural collapse. The victims remains eventually were found and were turned over to the Bartow County Coroner’s Office. Crews cleared the scene around 5 a.m. Monday, nearly two hours after the initial report.
The Bartow County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause.
Coroner Joel Guyton says both victims were burned beyond recognition and their remains are being sent to the GBI crime lab for possible identification.
Details in an online fund-raising site indicate state the fire claimed claimed a grandmother and her grandson.
Bartow County saw six fire fatalities in 2020, the last occurring just after Christmas.