Girl dies from from apartment fire

CARROLLTON - State fire officials say a 6-year-old girl died in an Atlanta hospital less than 12 hours after being burned over 80 percent of her body after her apartment caught fire.

Glenn Allen, spokesman for the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner's office, identified the child as Janya Rutledge. Allen said the fire happened at Lake View Apartments after 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

Allen says families in three other units in the apartment building were displaced from the blaze.

He says the exact cause of the fire has not been determined but officials believe one of the two children in the apartment may have been playing with a lighter or matches.

The girl was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital's burn unit. Allen says the girl's 5-year-old brother was treated and released from another hospital.

Carrollton Fire Chief Jimmy Bearden said his investigators determined that while the children's mother was out of the apartment, a friend of hers was sleeping on a couch. Janya had been at a friends house for a sleepover, but had appartently returned home during the night without anyone noticing, Bearden said.

Bearden said the man stayed with the boy outside, assuming the apartment was empty.