McIntyre fire chief: ‘Fatal fire ruled as undetermined’

MCINTYRE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A fatal McIntyre house fire was ruled undetermined by investigators on Wednesday.

Fire Chief Tommy Brown tells 41NBC the fire that killed a mother and her two sons inside their mobile home could have been an electrical issue, but because of a lack of evidence he and state investigators have ruled it  ‘undetermined.’

Brown also says there wasn’t a smoke detector inside the home.

McIntyre’s mayor, Vicki Horne, says if you need a smoke detector installed in your home don’t waste any time in contacting the fire department.


A mother and her two sons are dead after their Wilkinson County home caught fire.

According to county coroner Billy Matthews, the incident happened around 1:00 a.m. at a home located at 246A Vinson Road.

Matthews says 37-year-old Lathelma Ferguson made it out of the home but went back in to rescue her 10-year-old son Donavan Beck and 12-year-old son Damion Beck Jr.

All three died in the fire.

A burned down mobile home on Vinson Road is all that’s left. Family and friends say Ferguson and her two boys lived there for years.

“The whole incident incident is a tragedy for the community,” Vicki Horne, McIntyre’s mayor and a family friend, says.

Fire marshals are still on the scene and no cause of the fire is known at this time.

“LaThelma had so much potential, but most of all those two young men who had a future that was only limited by the heights of the sky,” the family’s pastor, Rev. Willie Batts says. “We should remember the good time swe had with this family. And we know the legacy that they have left will never be forgotten.”

If you’re interested in donating to the family there are many ways to do so. You can reach out to Doris Walker at 478-946-4204 or you can make donations to the Wilkinson County Bank in the name “LaThelma Ferguson.”

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