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Newnan fire victims remembered at candlelight vigil

NEWNAN, Ga, --A crowd of friends, neighbors and family members gathered in front of the charred remains of the home where five perished in an overnight blaze.

They came to remember a Newnan woman and four of her children who were killed Saturday morning, one child survived. The mother, three of her children and two step children were sleeping when the house caught fire.

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The only survivor was 11-year-old Molly McCrary, who woke up to her mother telling her to get out of the house.

"Most all of us out here are parents ourselves, so a child getting hurt really hits hard," said Newnan Police Chief D. L. Meadows.  "[We feel] Heartache and pain, these families are really going through a lot right now."

Meadows said the mother, 28-year-old Alonna McCrary, went back in to the house to try to rescue the other children. None of the four made it outside. Family members said the kids were together in the home for a sleepover.

A spokesman for the state insurance commissioner says a call about the fire came in at 1:17 a.m. Saturday. Glenn Allen says Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens has ruled the fire accidental. He says the origin was an electrical panel in the home's den area.

A smoke detector was found destroyed inside the home, they are not sure whether it was working or not.  

Allen says 28-year-old Alonna T. McCrary, 5-year-old daughter Eriel McCrary and 2-year-old daughter Nikia White were killed in the fire. Three-year-old Messiah White and 2-year-old McKenzie Florence also died.

Meadows said this was one of the toughest scenes he's ever faced in forty years of police work.  

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