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DeKalb dismisses 4 firefighters who left scene of fatal blaze


DeKalb County terminated four firefighters Friday for neglect of duty after finding they had left the scene — without leaving their trucks — of a reported fire that killed an elderly Dunwoody woman.

Public Safety Director William Miller announced the dismissals Friday afternoon, just five days after the remains of Ann Bartlett, 74, were found. Officials reported Thursday that firefighters had responded to an emergency fire call about 1 a.m. Sunday but left after they could not find the address.

The home was fully involved in flames when a second fire call came in five hours later.

Dismissed Friday were Fire Apparatus Operator William Greene, Capt. Tony L. Motes and Battalion Chiefs Bennie Paige and Lesley Clark. A fifth firefighter, Capt. Sell Caldwell, remains on paid leave.

An internal investigation also found that none of the named supervisors had established “incident command” at the scene, so no one was responsible for deciding what to do when the fire could not be found.





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