Family reports fire to 911 but three die before firefighters arrive

Two elderly cousins and an adult male died in an early morning house fire on Mildred Court.

Someone from inside the burning home called 911 at about 3 a.m. Friday, but the three did not escape the thick smoke.

Louise Howard, 77; her son, Calvin Howard, 29; and her cousin, Jessie Bivins, 81, died at the scene.

Chief Marvin Riggins said the family awakened to the fire and had a working smoke detector.

Operators lost contact and firefighters found the victims unconscious inside the house when they arrived.

Crews initiated CPR and life-saving efforts, but could not revive them.

The single-story, brick house sustained heavy damage on the left side.

A family member at the scene said it’s believed the fire might have started in a back bedroom.

Fire investigators are looking through the burned rooms to try to determine what started the blaze.

Come back to macon.com for updates and read Saturday’s Telegraph.

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