17-year-old critical after house fire

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 1, 2014
The House on Bluebird Lane. Source: DeKalb County Fire Rescue

The House on Bluebird Lane. Source: DeKalb County Fire Rescue

An early-morning house fire has left one 17-year-old in critical condition, according to 11 Alive.

DeKalb County Fire Rescue responded to the House Fire on Bluebird Lane, reporting that someone was possibly trapped inside. Bluebird is located off Columbia Drive south of Memorial Drive.

According to 11 Alive, there were four people inside the home. A neighbor is credited with helping to evacuate the family and rescue the teenager. To read the full story, click here.

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  • Chris Billingsley

    Thanks Danish. I read the post earlier and after reading the link at 11 Alive, I immediately recognized the hero of the house fire. Eddie Hamilton was my student at Decatur High School in the late 70s. Since I’m familiar with Bluebird Lane (and Canary and Bobolink Streets, all off Columbia Drive south of the Avondale Wal-Mart), I took a chance hoping to find Mr. Hamilton. It didn’t take much as I stopped at a house at the end of Bluebird to ask, “Do you know where Eddie Hamilton lives?” Before I could finish, I was told where I can find the local hero. After introducing myself, Mr. Hamilton described his fond memories of DHS, especially math teacher Evelyn Johnson and English teacher Carolyn Dixon. He remembered “White Bell and Black Bell” (PE teacher Larry Bell and Science teacher Felix Bell, both football coaches) and basketball coaches Bob Reinhart and Charlie Henderson. He also remembered administrators Red Prosser and Randy Pennington because “When I was late, I had to explain myself to the principals”. He told me that he missed the Labor Day weekend reunion of DHS grads at McCoy Park but is looking forward to seeing all his Decatur friends next year. I didn’t get a chance to ask Mr. Hamilton about his heroic act but told him that his former teachers and all of Decatur were very proud of what he did, saving the lives of complete strangers.

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