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Power, Hambrick laid to rest

By Walter Geiger Two sisters who suffered severe smoke inhalation after being trapped in a mobile home fire here Feb. 12 died last week and were laid to rest Monday. Joint funeral services for Anna Hambrick, 10, and Hailey Power, 13, were held Monday at Rock Springs Church with a throng of some 500 mourners in attendance. They were buried at Westwood Cemetery in Griffin. The girls never regained consciousness after the early Sunday morning fire that destroyed the mobile home where they lived with family members. Hambrick died at about 7:15 a.m. Feb. 14. Power died just after 9 a.m. Feb. 17. Power was an eighth grader at LCMS and a member of the school chorus and cheerleading squad. Hambrick was a fifth grader at Lamar County Elementary School and aspired to be a cheerleader like her big sister. Their grandmother, Susan Taylor Mote, 53, remains in critical condition at Grady Hospital in Atlanta. Mote and her husband, Allen, were the owners of the home at 1927 Hwy. 36 E where the fatal fire occurred. Allen Mote was not in the home at the time of the fire but suffered smoke inhalation attempting to rescue the others. He was treated and released at an area hospital. Brenda Icehour, 49, also suffered smoke inhalation. She remains at Grady but her condition is improving. Others in the home at the time of the blaze who have now been released from various hospitals include the dead girls’ mother Angela Maddox, 32; Jennifer Calhoun, 25; Alan Maddox, 5; and Larry Dobbins, whose age was not reported. The fire reportedly broke out when Dobbins attempted to light a small kerosene heater or lantern which exploded. Towaliga district attorney Richard Milam reported Monday the investigation into the cause of the fire and the actions of those in the home in the minutes after it broke out is ongoing.

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