Posts tagged with "April 12 fire"

Friends gather to remember mother and daughter killed in Avondale house fire

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 13, 2015

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that around 100 people turned out for a Sunday picnic held in remembrance of Tami and Jess Willadsen, a mother and daughter who died in a fire on April 12, 2014. The fire severely wounded her son, Jack, 5, and injured her husband, Dave. A Go Fund Me account set up […]

Avondale will hold memorial picnic for victims of 2014 fire

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 10, 2015

The city of Avondale Estates on Sunday will celebrate the lives of a mother and daughter who died in a house fire last year. The Tami and Jess Willadsen Memorial Picnic will be Sunday, April 12 at noon at Lake Avondale. “This picnic will take place all around Lake Avondale and has no set end time or […]

The house on Lakeshore Drive

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 12, 2014

This story has been updated.  The investigation into a house fire that killed a mother and her daughter in Avondale Estates is finally closed, but the truth about what caused it will likely never be known. But case file does shed light on the alarming speed of the April 12 blaze that destroyed the house […]

Fundraiser planned for Willadsen family

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 8, 2014

It’s been nearly three months since a fatal house fire that claimed the lives of two Avondale Estates residents. The survivors of that fire continue to heal. Their friends have not forgotten them. Kat Washburn has known David and Tami Willadsen since they were teenagers. Tami and her daughter, Jess, died in the April 12 […]

Over? – County won’t release fire investigation

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 3, 2014

DeKalb County has declined to release the file pertaining to its investigation of an April 12 fire in Avondale Estates because it says the case is still open. That contradicts an earlier announcement by DeKalb Fire spokesman Capt. Eric Jackson. On May 28 he said the case is closed and the cause of the fire was […]

Closed – Cause of Avondale fire “undetermined”

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 28, 2014

This story was updated on May 29. DeKalb County Fire investigators have said they were unable to determine the cause of an April 12 house fire that killed a mother and her daughter in Avondale Estates. The cause of the fire has officially been classified as, “undetermined” spokesman Capt. Eric Jackson said. He said he […]

No timetable – Fire investigation ongoing

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 7, 2014

It’s been almost a month since two Avondale Estates residents – a mother and a daughter – died in a house fire, and there’s been no official explanation about what caused it. Fire investigators are still working to determine a cause, DeKalb County Fire and Rescue spokesman Capt. Eric Jackson said. Tami Willadsen 43, and […]

The weekend – Inman Park festival returns

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 25, 2014

One of Atlanta’s biggest, oldest neighborhood festivals returns this weekend. According to the event Facebook page, The Inman Park Festival started in the 1970s “as a means to attract attention to gentrification efforts that sought to revitalize the community.” There will be a tour of homes starting today at noon, but most of the event […]

Remembering – Dogwood sale benefits school

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 24, 2014

People who knew Tami Willadsen say she loved nature. Her passion led her to become director of philanthropy for the Nature Conservancy. On April 12 Tami Willadsen and her daughter Jess died in a fire at their Avondale Estates home. Her son Jack, 5, was severely burned and her husband Dave was also injured. To honor their […]

Editor’s note – Fire reporting is part of the job

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 23, 2014

There was a fire in Avondale Estates on April 12 that claimed the lives of two people. It was a horrific event, one that has left this close-knit community in mourning. Mayor Ed Rieker told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that it was the worst tragedy to strike the community in “at least two generations.” […]

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