Two children were life-flighted from Rome on Friday morning after a fire broke out around 6 a.m. at a home on Washington Drive in North Rome.
Fire Marshal Mary Catherine Chewning said the blaze began in an utility room, caused by a faulty electrical wire.
The grandmother of the 5-year-old and 10-year-old boys were attempting to get the children out of the house when they became separated. When firefighters arrived, they went into the home, where they had to battle thick smoke to eventually find the boys.
Both of the children were rushed to Floyd Medical Center and then flown on to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Scottish Rite Hospital in Atlanta in critical condition.
The damage was contained to two rooms in the southeast corner of the home, however, the fire marshal said that the entire home sustained heavy smoke damage.
Fire Chief Troy Brock said neither of the grandparents were injured in the fire.