9-Year-Old Boy Dies In Thomas County House Fire

By: Kara Duffy Email
By: Kara Duffy Email
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By: Kara Duffy
March 12, 2014

Meigs, GA- Thomas County Fire Officials say an investigation by the State Fire Marshall found that the deadly fire started in the home's attic.

However, the damage to the house was so severe, they were not able to tell exactly what caused the fire, but they do say it was accidental.

Nine-year-old Jaboris Copeland died shortly after midnight Sunday.

By: Kara Duffy
March 9. 2014

Meigs, GA- Brandon Copeland says it was a little after midnight Sunday when flames engulfed their home along Palmer Road in Meigs, Georgia.

"When I smelled the smoke, I opened the door and when I opened the door, black smoke was everywhere. I started hollering to everybody to get up; get up," Copeland said.

Trapped inside the house was Copeland, his mother, sister-in-law and two young nephews.

"My sister-in-law, she grabbed the little one-year-old because the one-year-old was sleeping with her, sat him outside the window, then she jumped out the window," Copeland said.

Everyone was able to escape except 9-year-old Jaboris Copeland.
"I knew I had to go back in and get him," Copeland said. "This is my nephew. I'm his uncle. I got to go back in there and get him."

Copeland said he tried to get back in through a door, but the smoke was just too strong.

"I went around to another window and snatched the little burglary bars off the window and I heard him sighing, like he was taking his last breath; I'm hearing this, I'm literally hearing this, and I'm like 'hold on little buddy, I'm going to get you. I promise you I'm not going to let you die. I promise I'm going to get you out of here, just give me a few minutes,' so I snatched the bar down, snatched the air conditioner down, and by the time I snatched the air conditioner down, smoke, heat was everywhere and all I could do was fall back," Copeland said.

As the Copeland family deals with their tragic loss, they say they find comfort in the memories of the fun loving kid, they called 'Jay.'

"He played sports. He loved to act a fool. loved dancing and loved Michael Jackson," Copeland said.

Thomas County Fire Officials say the State Fire Marshall has taken over the investigation into what caused the fire.

By: Kara Duffy
March 9, 2014

Meigs, GA- A nine-year-old boy was killed in an early morning house fire in Thomas County.

According to officials the fire broke out at a house located at 57 Palmer Road in Meigs.

Thomas County Coroner Samuel Brown says the 9-year-old died as a result of his injuries.

Brown says the boy's body was taken to the Medical Examiners for an autopsy.

At this time, no word as to what caused the fire or if anyone else was injured.

More details to come.


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