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Fire kills a man and sends a woman to the hospital

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The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fire that killed an Augusta man and sent a woman to the hospital with third-degree burns to 85 percent of her body.

"We looked closer and we were like, 'No, that's someone on fire,'" Chasity said. "And she was actually in the stop-drop-and-roll position trying to put herself out."
 
When Chasity and her friend ran across the street, they could hear their neighbor's faint cry for help.
 
"Please help me. Please help me."
 
That's just what they did. Chasity and her friend grabbed towels and a water hose to put out the fire on their neighbor, 46-year-old Karla Harter.
 
"I grabbed the towel and my first instincts were to save her," Chasity said. "Make sure she was put out and make sure she was calm and breathing."
 
Chasity said it hurt to see her Harter in so much pain.
 
"Her face was in a ball of flames. Her clothes were burning. The left side of her leg was burning. Her arms were burning," Chasity said. "The fire burned the shirt off her, leaving the ring around her neck."
 
According to deputies, after the fire was extinguished, 51-year-old Henry Jefferson III was found in the home and pronounced dead on the scene.

Harter was taken to the Doctor's hospital with third-degree burns to 85 percent of her body.

Chasity said the couple was always kind, and she's praying that Harter makes a quick recovery.
 
"They were good people. They were good neighbors. They were hard-working," she said. "They were very, friendly people.

Investigators aren't releasing details about the cause of the fire.

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