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4 Children Killed in Conyers House Fire

Tragedy struck late Tuesday night when a house fire killed four children in Conyers, CBS Atlanta reports.

Reba Glass, the children's mother, was severely burned while trying to save her kids from the burning home. While police aren't entirely certain about the cause of the fire, they suspect the father of one of the children had something to do with it.

A call to 911 came in about 11:05 p.m. By the time officers arrived on the scene, the second story of the home was engulfed in flames. They tried to use a fire extinguisher, but it did little to combat the flames.

Firefighters arrived soon after. After hitting the flames with water for a time, the firefighters were able to enter the duplex. They found three boys and a girl dead.

Glass, the children's mother, had entered the home before authorities arrived. She was able to save one of the children by throwing the child from a second story window, authorities said. Glass jumped out the window, but received severe burns during the rescue. She was taken to Grady Memorial for treatment.

The surviving 6-year-old boy offered a theory about how the fire may have started. He told investigators that the father of one of his younger brothers had been knocking on the door that night, asking the mother to come outside.

When she refused, the man reportedly became angry and threw something through the back window that caused the fire, according to the boy. If there's any truth to the allegations, the father could soon be facing arson and murder charges.

On top of the criminal charges, he could face a wrongful death suit as well from the children's mother. In general, a wrongful death suit is brought by the family of a person who died due to the negligence or intentional act of another.

If Glass can show that the father's actions caused the deaths of her four children, she could be awarded damages for any medical costs, funeral expenses, and the loss of parental consortium.

Investigators are currently looking into the boy's theory. So far, however, they haven't found any evidence that the fire was intentionally set.

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