Children left alone Escape Burning Home

| July 26, 2015

Augusta

AUGUSTA — An Augusta woman has been charged after her home caught fire while her three young children were home alone.

The oldest child, 10, told firefighters and police that he was asleep on the couch in the North Carolina Avenue home when he woke to smoke around 11 p.m. He woke his siblings, ages 3 and 4, and got them out of the house.

When firefighters arrived, the children were outside and heavy fire was coming from the home. The children were not injured.

The children’s mother, Ashia Burnett, 34, told police upon her arrival that she left the children to pick up a co-worker from the Deans Bridge Road McDonald’s. She estimated she was gone 45 minutes, fire department spokeswoman Dee Griffin said.

Firefighters determined the blaze started from a candle in the window of the bedroom where the two youngest children were sleeping. Burnett told firefighters the candle was lit because the house did not have power.

Burnett was booked into the Richmond County jail early Friday on three counts of deprivation of a minor. The children were released to their grandmother.

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