Father arrested in connection with Columbus apartment fire

Curtis McGhee (Source: Columbus Police Department)
Curtis McGhee (Source: Columbus Police Department)

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Firefighters were call out to a blaze at Elizabeth Canty Apartments located at 1900 Cusseta Road in Columbus, a little before 8:00 p.m. Thursday night.

Columbus Fire Marshal Chief Thomas Streeter tells News Leader 9 the fire started in apartment #4.

Streeter says the father, Curtis McGhee, was preparing an evening meal, when he left food on the stove for about 30 minutes to go to the store.

Emergency crews found the three children inside the apartment and transported them to the Medical Center.

Streeter says one of the children was air-lifted to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta for further medical attention.

The Medical Center says the kids were released in satisfactory condition overnight and taken to Atlanta as a safety precaution.  

A relative of the family told News Leader 9 the kids are 2-year-old Zayon McGhee, 3-year-old Curtis McGhee Jr., and 5-year-old Zyquez McGhee -- all boys.

Several fire trucks, medics, and police responded to the fire.  

Police arrested their father, Curtis McGhee on the scene and he has been charged with reckless conduct.

We are told there is $5,000 worth of damage to the building and $2,000 worth of damage to item inside the apartment. Investigators tell us the apartment underneath sustained considerable water damage.

A family member tells News Leader 9 a fund for the children at Citizens Bank on Macon Road.The account name is McGhee Children Fund.  

News Leader 9 is following this developing story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available. 

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