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Baby, mother found dead after "suspicious" Columbus house fire

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A mother and her baby were killed in a house fire overnight. A mother and her baby were killed in a house fire overnight.
COLUMBUS, Ga. -

A Columbus mother and her baby were found dead after a house fire early Thursday morning. It happened about 35 minutes after midnight at 1324 Winifred Lane. Detectives are now calling the fire suspicious.

The coroner says 32-year-old Rosella Mitchell and her 6-month-old son Dylan Conner were burned beyond recognition.

"I just couldn't believe what I was seeing. It was just too much- a lot of smoke, a lot of fire- a scary sight in the middle of the night,” says Yolanda Dewberry. Dewberry says she had just got home from work, when she saw her next door neighbor's house go up in flames.

“When I was sitting outside, I just heard glass breaking and I seen a ball of fire just shoot out the window,” she says. Dewberry says she called 911 and within minutes, firefighters arrived at the house.

“When the first unit arrived on scene, we did have heavy fire showing from the rear section of the dwelling,” says Deputy Chief Greg Lang with Columbus Fire & EMS. After putting out the fire, officials say they found the bodies in a back bedroom.

Latresia Young says she still can't believe her friend is gone and had to come over to see for herself. “I'm sorry this happened to her and her baby. It was a tragedy,” says Young. She says Mitchell was going back to school to earn a degree in Business Management and says she was hoping to one day own her own business.

Columbus Police say they have collected a lot of evidence at the home are now waiting for results from the crime lab to see if debris from the fire shows whether accelerant was used to spark it.

The coroner says an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.

 

 

Sarah Panko

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