A 20-year-old man, Scarri McNeal, died of smoke inhalation Saturday following an early-morning fire on Campbellton Road.
Fire Investigators have determined the cause of the fire to be electrical. Fire investigators say that they, "did not locate any smoke detectors in the residence at 4185 Campbellton RD, SW."
A neighbor spotted the smoke and called firefighters close to 2:30 a.m.
By the time they arrived, flames already were visible through the roof.
On February 16, 2013 at 2:32 a.m., 16 Atlanta Fire Rescue companies (1 Division Chief, 1 Battalion Chief, 3 engine, 5 ladders, Squad 4, 2 EMS Supervisors, 1 Air Unit, and 2 Fire Investigators responded to a reported house fire with entrapment at 4185
Campbellton RD, SW. Truck 31 was first to arrive on the scene at 2:36 a.m.
McNeal was in a rear bedroom and rescue crews found him unresponsive.
They performed CPR on him but could not revive him.
Here is the timeline of events that the fire department released:
We quickly made entry at 2:46 a.m., evacuated one resident from the house and started performing basic emergency life support.
Grady EMS arrived on scene at 2:50. Patient care was transferred to Grady EMS for advanced emergency care and transport to Grady Hospital. The patient was loaded and transported at 2:55 a.m.
The patient was unresponsive at the time of transport and was pronounced dead upon arrival to Grady Hospital.
The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department conducted a post-incident canvassing throughout the affected area, passing out smoke detectors. On Saturday evening, February 16, a total of (8) detectors were installed: 4 Smoke Detectors, and 4 Carbon Monoxide Detectors.
It is important to note, that a late report from WSB-TV states that they talked to one of the responding firefighters who said that he blames his fellow firefighters for the death of Mr. McNeil. WSB quotes the unidentified firefighter as saying, "there is no excuse, there is no do-over. He doesn’t get a do-over. That’s it for him, so we failed."
This news comes as a shock to the community. How did firefighters fail to save McNeil's life? According to this unnamed source from WSB, it was not until the 3rd responding fire truck that firefighters actually went in to pull out McNeil from the burning house. This source claims that if one of the 2 units that were on the scene earlier had entered the home, they could have possibly saved the resident's life.
"There was no reason for them not to go in there and get him. There wasn’t. They should’ve done their job, gone in that window and pulled that kid out," he told WSB reporters.