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UPDATE: 13 Year old Arson Suspect WIll Stay in Detention Center

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UPDATE: A Juvenile court judge has decided a 13 year old will stay in custody for now.

At a hearing this morning, Judge Colbert found there was probable cause found, and set an arraignment date for the case on August 19.

She also ruled the teenager will remain in a Juvenile Detention Center until then.

The 13 year old is charged with 1st degree arson and involuntary manslaughter in connection with the July 14 fire that left a 6 year old and 13 year old dead. She will be charged as a juvenile.

Fire investigators say the girl started a fire in a clothes dryer in the back of the house. WHile she was able to get out, the other girls were not.

Several witnesses tell News 3 she attempted to get help after the fire started, but several people, including a Southside Fire Chief and Volunteer Firefighter, were not able to save the girls.


A 13 year old girl has been charged with arson and involuntary manslaughter in connection with a house fire that killed two children.

The blaze happened July 14th at 239 E. DeRenne Drive. The fire engulfed the entire rear of the house, and two children, ages six and 13, were pulled from a smoke-filled bedroom by Savannah firefighters and rushed to Memorial University Medical Center. The children remained in critical condition in the hospital's pediatric intensive care unit until their deaths four days later. 

SFES investigators say the 13-year-old girl arrested Wednesday was present at the house when the fire broke out but was able to escape the burning structure.

In addition to the involuntary manslaughter charges, she was charged with a single count of 1St degree arson. All of those charges are as a juvenile, not as an adult.

She was arrested at the Chatham County Youth Detention Center where she remains in custody awaiting an initial detention hearing.


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UPDATE 7/15/13 4:00 PM

Investigators say a clothes dryer is to blame for Sunday's blaze at a home in the Kensington Park neighborhood that left two girls critically injured.

Savannah Fire and Emergency Services spokesman Mark Keller says the two girls, ages six and 13, were pulled from a smoke-filled bedroom by firefighters after the one-story brick house erupted in flames just after 2:00 p.m.

The blaze caused extensive damage to the home, located at 239 E. DeRenne Drive.

"The flames extended up a wall and into the attic which enabled the fire to quickly engulf a large section of the house," Keller said.

The two girls were taken to Memorial University Medical Center where they remain in critical condition.


A family of five is getting help from the Red Cross after a fire destroys their DeRenne Drive home Sunday afternoon.

Mark Keller with Savannah Fire and Emergency Services said three children were home at the time, two needing help getting out by firefighters.

Those two children were taken to Memorial Medical Center for smoke inhalation.  

Their condition is not known as this time.

Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.

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