• Emergency responders cover the scene of the fire that destroyed a home in Lumpkin County earlier this week that also took the lives of two young children. Photo:  Matt Aiken
  • The lives of a one-year-old and two-year-old were claimed in the blaze that destroyed this Rider Road residence Monday afternoon.  Photo:  Matt Aiken

Monday afternoon blaze claims two local children

Two Lumpkin County children died after suffering injuries sustained from a fast burning blaze on Rider Spur Monday afternoon, officials said.

The lives of the Kaylee Gaydon, 1, and Noah Gaydon, 2, were tragically claimed despite a team effort by local fire fighters, deputies and emergency workers who rushed to the scene.

“They were all working together and they got the children out of the residence,” said Sheriff Stacey Jarrard as he stood next to the still burning home.

A neighbor initially called 911 at 4:16 p.m. after seeing smoke pouring from the home of the children’s parents, Sarah and Johnathan Gaydon.

The mother was outside of the residence but the children remained trapped, said Jarrard.

First responders were reportedly on the scene at 4:31 p.m.

Once the children were rescued from the burning trailer home, one went to Northside Forsyth while the other went to Chestatee Regional.

They both died shortly after arriving at the nearby hospitals, said Jarrard.

On Monday evening, fire fighters kept a watch over the smoldering home and planned to stay on the scene throughout the night. Fire Chief David Wimpy said it appeared as though the fire started on the front porch. He added that an investigator from the office of the state fire marshal would declare the cause of the blaze “undetermined but not suspicious.”

“This is a tragic situation,” said Jarrard. “... I would ask the community to pray for the family in their loss.”

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