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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Autopsy results show three children killed in a weekend fire in Valdosta died from smoke inhalation.

5-year old Amarion Hollis, 4-year old Amari Hollis, and infant Juan Anderson died after a grease fire on the stove.

It caught the kitchen cabinets on fire and spread through the house on North Forrest Street around four a.m. Saturday.

The children were in a bedroom.

The fire chief says this has been an emotional loss for the community, family, friends, and firefighters.

"It was just devastating for them to find children like that," said Chief J.D. Rice. "There was nothing they could do. It took a long time to convince them. 'you've done everything you could.' Those kids didn't have a chance. The one thing we stress to everybody is that you've got to have a working smoke alarm in the house."

Saturday the Valdosta fire department will conduct a smoke detector blitz in neighborhoods near where the fire took place.

Firefighters will go door-to-door offering to install smoke detectors in homes or to check installed detectors to ensure they are working properly.

They say they've been inundated with calls about smoke detectors, so they're asking the community to donate them.


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