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Update: Boy, 10, dies of injuries from Gainesville house fire
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An investigator walks out of a burned home Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, on Pleasant View Circle where a person was killed in the fire and three others hospitalized. - photo by Scott Rogers

Update: A 10-year-old boy died Thursday, Sept. 1, days after a Gainesville house fire that also killed his grandfather, according to authorities.

Brannon Harvey died  at the John M. Still Burn Center in Augusta.

Brannon and three others were transported to the hospital after a fire at their home Tuesday, Aug. 30, on Pleasant View Circle.

Brannon’s grandfather, Joe Boggs, 66, died shortly after being transported to the hospital.

The other adult and child taken to the hospital have been released after suffering minor injuries.

The Hall County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office are investigating the cause of the fire.

Hall County Schools spokesman Stan Lewis said Brannon attended Oakwood Elementary.

Hall County Schools spokesman Stan Lewis said Brannon attended Oakwood Elementary.

Principal Jeremy Boleman said Brannon is the same age as his daughter, so he has watched the fifth-grader grow up. He described him as an honest, well-rounded student with whom he enjoyed talking.

“He was always quick-witted and funny,” Boleman said. “He had that laugh that he could make the teachers laugh and make us laugh.”

In addition to school counselors, the school district has helped with a crisis team onsite Thursday, Friday and early next week for people needing to speak to someone, Boleman said.


Update: The Hall County Sheriff’s Office released the name of the man who died after suffering injuries in a Gainesville house fire Tuesday. 

Joe Boggs, 66, died on the way to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. 

Hall County firefighters responded around 10:50 p.m. Tuesday to the 5000 block of Pleasant View Circle where the right side of the single-story home was fully engulfed in flames. The house was destroyed in the fire, said Kimberlie Ledsinger, Hall County Fire Rescue spokeswoman.

A child injured in the fire remains in critical condition at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, while the two remaining patients were treated for smoke inhalation and released from Northeast Georgia Medical Center, according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman B.J. Williams.

“He was a good guy,” said Clyde Black while parked on the road by the house Wednesday morning. 

Black said Boggs was his step brother. 

“We was close when we were younger,” he said. 

He said Boggs drove a truck for Thomas Concrete. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 


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Tape is stretched across a burned home Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, on Pleasant View Circle where a person was killed in the fire and three others hospitalized. - photo by Scott Rogers

Update: A man injured in the Gainesville house fire has died, officials said. 

The man died on the way to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, said Kimberlie Ledsinger, Hall County Fire Rescue spokeswoman.

A child injured in the fire is in critical condition at Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, while the two remaining patients were treated for smoke inhalation and released from Northeast Georgia Medical Center. 

The house was destroyed in the fire, Ledsinger said. 


Two adults and two children were taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center after their Gainesville home caught fire Tuesday night, according to authorities.

Hall County firefighters responded around 10:50 p.m. Tuesday to the 5000 block of Pleasant View Circle where the right side of the single-story home was fully engulfed in flames.

The flames quickly spread to cover the entire home as firefighters made their way inside to extinguish the fire.

Hall County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Kimberlie Ledsinger  did not clarify the severity of the injuries the four suffered.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.