Weekend Fatal Fire in Henry County
Fire Claims the Life of One Stockbridge Resident and Critically Injures Another
On Sunday, January 6, 2013 at just before six a.m., the Henry County Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 192 Highway 138 East in Stockbridge. On arrival units reported heavy smoke showing on the single story wood frame structure. Two of the four residents were able to escape without injury and were evacuated on arrival; however, units were advised there were still two occupants trapped inside the structure. Fire crews immediately began searching for the two family members unaccounted for. Both victims were quickly located and transported to Piedmont Henry Hospital without delay. A fifteen year old male was later flown to Augusta’s Joseph M. Still Burn Center, where he would undergo treatment of severe smoke inhalation, in the hyperbaric chamber. Unfortunately, the other victim, a twenty-five year old female, was pronounced deceased at Piedmont Henry Hospital. Red Cross was contacted and did respond to the scene to assist the family.
- Subject that perished in the fire was that of a 25 year old female, Karen Prichard
- Autopsy will be performed to determine cause of death
- Subject in critical condition at Joseph M. Still Burn Center is that of a 15 year old male, Michael Haney
- The home did have one smoke alarm located in the kitchen but did not have a battery in it at the time of the fire
- Origin has been determined to be in a room in the basement
- Cause is still under investigation by Henry County Investigators
More information will be released as it becomes available. No other injuries were reported.
"On behalf of Henry County Fire Department, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the victims during this difficult time,” stated Captain Sabrina Puckett.