Four kids killed, mother badly burned in house fire in Atlanta suburb

Relatives and neighbors at scene of house fire in Atlanta suburb of Conyers that killed four children and badly burned their mother late on the night of Jan. 8, 2013 WGCL-TV

CONYERS, Ga. Four children were killed in a house fire in this Atlanta suburb late Tuesday night, reports CBS Atlanta affiliate WGCL-TV.

The children ranged in age from infant to 7 years old.

Conyers Police Department Maj. Mike Waters tells the station two adults and a 5-year-old boy were able to escape the home, but that the victims' mother had been taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with severe burns.

The children, three boys and a girl, were found inside the home and pronounced dead.

The children's grandmother, who was also there, wasn't hurt.

Four officers from a nearby police precinct were on the scene within 30 seconds of the call and went inside with fire extinguishers, but were forced back out by the flames, Waters said.

Firefighters said the top level of the two-story duplex was fully involved when crews arrived.

The 5-year-old boy who survived was thrown from a second story window by his mother, who then jumped despite her burns.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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