A former Macon councilwoman was injured Monday in an early morning blaze on Vining Circle, according to the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department.
Willette Hill-Chambliss, who served on City Council from 2003 to 2007, and two other women were taken to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Battalion Chief Donnie Mercer said. Hospital officials listed Hill-Chambliss in serious condition Monday night.
Chief Marvin Riggins said Hill-Chambliss sustained smoke inhalation and minor burns. Hill-Chambliss is the daughter of late City Councilman Willie Hill, who served for 28 years and was the city’s first black council president.
Annie Hill, 81, widow of Willie Hill, sustained second- and third-degree burns on her extremities, Riggins said. Anita Hill, 53, suffered smoke inhalation and minor burns. Both were listed in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Firefighters were dispatched to 1971 Vining Circle just before 5 a.m., said Battalion Chief Ronnie Malcom.
The fire damaged a bedroom, and smoke damaged other areas of the home, which did have a working smoke detector, Malcom said.
Mercer said the fire appears to have started in a bedroom.
“We think it was accidental,” he said.
Mercer said the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Information from The Telegraph’s archives was included in this report.
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