Five Family Members, Including Two Children, Killed in Georgia House Fire

Family members identified the victims as Terryona Regular, her two daughters Aliyah and Angel, and her two uncles Pedro Coney and Timothy Regular.

Bonner and Bernard Ziglor hoped to spend Christmas with their grandmother at the house on Janet Lane where they grew up.

Instead, the brothers stood outside the smoldering brick home Tuesday morning and watched as DeKalb County firefighters came and went, attempting to rescue all 10 people trapped inside. Four were found dead, and a fifth died at a hospital.

They were identified by family as Terryona Regular, her two daughters 6-year-old Aliyah and 3-year-old Angel, and her uncles Pedro Coney and Timothy Regular. Three others, including the Ziglors’ grandmother Octavia Cooper, were injured. Only two people escaped unharmed.

“It’s tragic. Sad,” Bonner Ziglor said from outside his childhood home. “We’re trying to make it through.”

The fire broke out around 12:20 a.m. According to a DeKalb fire spokesman, the first crews to arrive in the neighborhood off Glenwood Road did not know there were people trapped by the flames. The home was nearly fully engulfed, and they had to act fast.

Firefighters used a vent-enter-search strategy to quickly perform a preliminary search as other crew members established a water supply, fire Capt. Jaeson Daniels said. Ultimately, they were unable to save everyone.

“The holidays are coming up, and when you talk about people losing their lives, it feels different this time of year,” Daniels said. “It’s tough for the guys. Unfortunately, it’s something we deal with pretty regularly, but we are all human.”

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SOURCE: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chelsea Prince