Four DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department officers have been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation of a fire that killed an elderly Dunwoody woman.
Acting Officer in Charge William Greene, Captain Tony L. Motes, Captain Sell Caldwell, and Battalion Chief Lesley Clark have been placed on administrative leave with pay by DeKalb County Public Safety Director William Miller, according to a statement released the night of Jan. 25.
The body of Ann Bartlett, 74, was found by firefighters after the blaze that engulfed a house in the 1600 block of Houghton Court in Dunwoody was put out.
According to the statement, DeKalb County 911 received a call reporting a fire at about 1:03 a.m. While a dispatcher took the information, the call was cut off. Dispatch attempted to re-establish the call several times, but could not. Meanwhile, a DeKalb Fire Rescue went to the area but saw no signs of a fire.
Five hours later, at about 6:40 a.m., another call was received reporting a fire in the same area. Emergency personnel went to the scene and found a home fully engulfed in flames. County officials said they believe that the 911 calls were made by different people, county spokeswoman Sheila Edwards said.
According to the statement, it is standard procedure to launch an internal investigation of emergency response when there is a fatality.