The Dawson and Lumpkin communities are mourning the deaths of two toddlers who died in a mobile home fire Monday afternoon.
The children were identified as 2-year-old Noah Gaydon and his 1-year-old sister Kaylee Gaydon.
The children were taken to area hospitals, where they were pronounced dead, according to Georgia Insurance and Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens.
“This fire originated on the front porch and burned into the interior of the home,” he said. “Investigators could not rule out careless smoking as the possible cause.”
Firefighters on scene said the home was engulfed in flames when they arrived just after 4:30 p.m.
Hudgens said the fire does not appear suspicious.
The victims’ mother Sarah Gaydon was reportedly outside the home at the time of the fire. Their father Jonathan Gaydon and the couple’s eldest daughter were not at home but arrived a short time later.
While the fire on Rider Road is technically in Lumpkin County, the address is Dawsonville and not far from the county line, off Ga. 9 North.
Emergency crews from both counties worked to rescue the children from the burning home.
“This has been one of those bad days, the kinds you don't want to think about,” said Lanier Swafford, director of Dawson County Emergency Services.
Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal Tim Satterfield said crews from Dawson assisted by shuttling water, firefighting operations and in the attempted rescue of the children.
“Our guys also transported one of the children in the ambulance to the hospital,” he said.
Donation funds have been set up to help the family.
Clothing and food can be dropped off at Gold Rush Jeeps, 150 Long Branch Road, Dahlonega, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Monetary contributions are being accepted on a GoFundMe page.