According to authorities, 74-yera-old Arletha Ratliff appeared to be in the bedroom, attempting to save her 84-year-old husband Willie, who was a double-amputee. Neither Arletha or her husband made it out of the fire alive.
The blaze started when a short circuit in the home’s washing machine sparked a small fire, which then spread throughout the house. It reportedly took firefighters three attempts to get inside the house due to intense heat and smoke.
Jay Ratliff graduated from Lowndes High School in nearby Valdosta, Ga.
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