"After that my son tried to kick the door down, the smoke and flames just came in my face and I couldn't get the door down," Gary Berrell, neighbor
A 3-year-old girl died in house fire Friday afternoon on Macon's Mimosa Drive, says Bibb Deputy Coroner Lonnie Miley.
It happened around 4 p.m. at 1290 Mimosa Drive. That's off Napier Avenue in west Macon.
Miley identified the victim as A'von Martin.
13WMAZ's Kristen Swilley said the fire caused heavy damage to the small home there. She said fire crews were still on the scene after 6 p.m. and flames were still breaking out.
Four people were reportedly inside the home, three children and a teenager who was minding them.
Firefighters got a call just after 4:30 saying the home on Mimosa Drive was engulfed in flames.
None of them sustained any serious injuries.
One neighbor bravely tried to help with the rescue effort.
"After that my son tried to kick the door down, the smoke and flames just came in my face and I couldn't get the door down," he said.
He was able to save A'von's twin brother.
Fire Chief Marvin Riggins says there were working smoke detectors in the home.
He says they are still investigating the cause of the fire and where it started in the home.
Berrell says the family moved in less than a year ago, and that he didn't know them well, but he didn't hesitate to help and feels for anyone who loses a child.
"yeah, I'm sorry about that," he said. "I hate that we couldn't get the little girl out too. That's all."