2 teen brothers identified after deadly house fire in Paulding County

Published: Sep. 23, 2022 at 5:02 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Two male teenagers -- ages 17 and 13 -- are dead after a fire in their home on Baskin Road in Paulding County.

The fire was reported at approximately 3:18 p.m. Friday. When firefighters arrived, the house was 50% engulfed in flames.

“We went to the upper story of the split level and found two victims up there,” said Fire Chief Joey Pelfrey with the Paulding County Fire Department.

“They pulled a 17-year-old and a 13-year-old out of the house,” said Chief Pelfrey.

Chief Pelfrey tells CBS46 that the teens were home alone at the time of the fire.

17-year-old Robert Deaton died in the front yard of the home and 13-year-old Caleb Deaton was taken to a hospital in serious condition where he later died, officials say.

The state fire marshals arrived on the scene around 7 p.m. to begin their investigation into how and where the fire started.

Two teens died amid a house fire in Paulding County.
Two teens died amid a house fire in Paulding County.(CBS46 News)

Multiple neighbors told CBS46 News that they rushed to try and help as the fire spread throughout the house.

“I seen this whole side of the house engulfed in flames. I dropped what I was doing and ran and tried to see if I could help,” said Curtis Lewis, who lives across the street.

“I was hollering for them, but I didn’t hear nobody respond anytime,” Lewis said.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.