11-year-old Georgia girl dies saving her dog from house fire

The funeral of an 11-year-old girl from Georgia who died trying to save her dog from a burning home over the weekend is scheduled for Friday

The Conner-Westbury Funeral Home in Griffin, Georgia will be holding the service for Katelynn Elizabeth Simonds after she passed away at her home on April 6

Spalding County firefighters told WAGA-TV in Atlanta that the fire occurred around 5:30 p.m. at the family's home outside Griffin city limits. Investigators believe the fire originated downstairs and that no foul play is suspected, according to the TV station.


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"At the conclusion of the investigation, based on information obtained, the fire was determined to have been accidental in nature," Capt. Rocky White, a Spalding County Fire Marshal, told

'She was a loving daughter,' Katelynn Simonds' mother says Katelynn was in the home when the blaze began, but instead of leaving, she went upstairs to grab her dog named "Little Man

"Katelynn was the happiest little girl full of life, loved to laugh," her mom, Kristy Beecher Rollins, told. "I will remember my sweet baby by her big heart, her sweet smile and all the ways she has helped others."


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