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Officials: no working smoke detectors in house where 4 children died

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A memorial set up to remember the four children killed in a Conyers house fire on Tuesday, January 8. (Photo: Aungelique Proctor/myfoxatlanta) A memorial set up to remember the four children killed in a Conyers house fire on Tuesday, January 8. (Photo: Aungelique Proctor/myfoxatlanta)
CONYERS, Ga. -

Investigators say there were no working smoke detectors in the Conyers house where four children lost their lives in a fire on Tuesday night.

According to Rockdale County Fire and Rescue, officials found no smoke detectors upstairs in the two-bedroom, two-story duplex. One smoke detector was found downstairs, but had no battery, officials said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but fire officials said that it started in the bathroom and hallway area on the second story.

As the investigation into the cause of the fire continued, friends and total strangers in the Conyers community stopped by to pay their respects to the victims of the fire.

The children's mother suffered severe burns while trying to save her children in the at a duplex on Pinedale Circle on Tuesday night.

Ray and Bettie Brown have known the mother, Reba Glass, and her family all their lives. Glass suffered burns over 40 percent of her body trying to save the children. She remains at Grady Memorial Hospital.

"It's tough. We've known Reba since she was a kid. Our children and her children went to school with our kids, so we've known them all our lives," said Ray Brown.

As the fire erupted, Glass was able to save one son. Fire officials say she tossed 6-year-old Darnell out of an upstairs window, and the kindergartner survived.

Glass's mother, Rosetta Mitchell, was sleeping downstairs and was not hurt.
     
Neighbor Essie Mae Colquitt says the Pinedale Circle community will never be the same without the joy of the children playing in the neighborhood.

"They would play out here with a ball all the time, and I used to watch them from my porch," said Colquitt. "It's bad to lose one, but to lose four, that hurts. It really does."

The duplex landlord stopped by with insurance adjustors, but declined to comment. FOX 5 did learn that police talked with Reba Glass from her hospital bed at Grady on Thursday.

Firefighters say the fire should be a lesson to everyone.

"Change your batteries out twice a year, and if you don't have smoke detectors, please call us, we have smoke detectors that we can give out," said Michael Morris of the Rockdale County Fire Department.

A memorial will be held Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church in Conyers.

A day of service fundraiser is being organized on Saturday, Jan. 19 in the honor of the Glass children. A prayer vigil will be conducted by Pastor B. Cox of Macedonia Baptist Church at 9 a.m.

A "Power Hour Fun & Fitness" will raise pledge funds between 10 and 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  Volunteers are welcome. Call (678) 491-0920 for more information.

Kidz Dine N is asking for clothing and monetary donations for Reba Glass and her 6-year-old son. Clothing is needed for women sizes 20-22 and shoe sized 7.5 and 8, boy size 6, shoe size 11.

 A Facebook page has been set up for the Glass family, and donations for the family are being accepted under the "Glass Family Memorial Fund " at Wells Fargo Bank.

The Associated Press reports that associates at the Gregory B. Levett and Sons Funeral Home say they are arranging free services for 8-month-old Deon Glass, 3-year-old Armoni Roberts, 7-year-old Dar-Shawn Glass and 9-year-old Ah-Dariya Glass. The tentative date for the service is Jan. 19.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report

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