The two Bartow residents who died in an Easter Sunday blaze have been identified; state joins the investigation.

The two Bartow residents who died in an Easter Sunday blaze have been identified; state joins the investigation.

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.

An online fund-raising page has been set-up by friends of the family. We have not talked to any relatives as yet about the campaign. It reads:
“On Easter Sunday 2021 our friend Kim lost everything due to a house fire. She lost her mother and son. We are asking for donations to help her rebuild for herself and her surviving son. Kim is the sweetest person you will meet. Please consider donating. —Kim Cleek, Organizer
“Thank you so much everyone! We have a little update. K has suffered burns to her face and chest, her surviving son suffered smoke inhalation. They have a long road ahead. Please continue to pray for this sweet family. I will update with sizes for clothes and things they may need.”


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