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Published on February 21st, 2016 |

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Update: Buckhead woman, 37, dies after Pharr Manor condo fire

The woman who was pulled from an early Sunday morning (Feb. 21) fire at the Pharr Manor Condominiums in Buckhead died around 10 p.m. Sunday at Grady Hospital. She was identified as 37-year-old Rachel Thorn, daughter of Elizabeth Gill, Buckhead civic leader and owner/president of Express Employment Professionals.

Rachel Thorn, left, in photo with her mother Elizabeth Gill.

Rachel Thorn, left, in photo with her mother Elizabeth Gill.

Thorn died from injuries–including severe burns to her body–that she  sustained in the fire. Her dog reportedly also died. Thorn was originally misidentified by media, including BuckheadView, as being an elderly woman.

Thorn, who was a human resources professional with Morneau Shepell in Atlanta, was found inside the building suffering from severe burns. Crews went up the stairs and found her unconscious and not breathing, Sgt. Cortez Stafford said on Sunday. Thorn had burns over 40 percent of her body and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

The fire began around 4 a.m. Sunday at the Pharr Manor Condominiums. It quickly spread to the other three units in the building and into the attic,  Stafford told 11Alive on Sunday.

A man in the first-floor unit was transported with minor burns to his head, Stafford said. The initial investigation suggests the blaze started as a cooking fire in his kitchen.

Seven other residents were displaced by the fire, according to a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. One other person suffered minor burns.

 

 

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    One Response to Update: Buckhead woman, 37, dies after Pharr Manor condo fire

    1. Rose says:

      Dear Mrs. Gill, my heart is heavy.

      I live at Pharr Manor Condominiums and it’s always been a place I call a friendly and pet-loving community. We don’t know everyone’s name, but we all wave and smile towards each other.
      I would see Rachel and her little dog sometimes. Rachel always seem to have a smile on her face. I’m so sorry Mrs. Gill. My prayers are with you and the family during this time.

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