Community wants answers after learning apartment fire claimed three lives

Memorial for Yolanda Wood and her two children, one of which was unborn.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) –  An apartment community wants answers as they mourn the loss of a neighbor and friend. A woman who has been hospitalized since her unit caught fire last month died Wednesday from injuries.

Yolanda Wood was a 26-year-old mother who was pregnant. She and the child she was carrying died after she was rescued from the May 11 fire in Magnolia Park Apartments off Vandievere Road. Wood’s 18-month old child, Ariyanna Woods, died after being taken to a local hospital the day of the fire.

“Then I looked out the window and saw the ball of fire,” said Paula Garnett, a caregiver at the apartment complex.

While she does not know the victims, Garnett said she remembers seeing the fire that claimed their lives.

“It has saddened me, especially about her kids. It just hurts me to know that anything happened to a child and then she lose her life also,” she explained.

A memorial sits right at the front of the apartment still damaged from the fire. No one lives in the building.

Garnett told us she thinks Woods could have been saved if the fire department had quicker access to fight the blaze.
“Had the fence not been up the tragedy probably would have not been as bad as it was,” Garnett said.

Another neighbor who knew Woods’ mother said she feels sympathy for her, but knows God is taking care of her at this time.

“You know how you came here, but you don’t know how you gone leave,” she said.

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