A former NFL star who later coached was one of three people who died in a house fire in Georgia on Feb. 12.
Quentin Moses was pronounced dead following an intense house fire in Monroe, Georgia, that also took the life of a 31-year-old woman and her 10-year-old daughter.
Neighbor Melanie Anderson said she became aware of the fire after spotting an orange glow through her curtains.
“And curiosity got the best of me,” she said, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. “I pulled the curtain open and saw the flames coming out through the back of the house.”
Anderson said she banged on the windows and doors of the woman’s home, trying to warn Moses and the two others that their house was on fire.
The fire department soon arrived, and one firefighter carried Moses out. He was reportedly unconscious and was taken to a nearby hospital. It was there he was pronounced dead.
Once debris was cleared from the collapsed roof of the home, the bodies of 31-year-old Andria Godard and 10-year-old Jasmine Godard were found.
“It’s hard. Really hard,” Anderson said. “That was our friends, and my daughter’s friend, so I just feel really bad for her family.”
Moses was an assistant coach for Reinhardt University in Georgia for the past five seasons. He had played for the University of Georgia and later played four seasons with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.
University of Georgia head coach Kirby Smart, an assistant coach while Moses played for the school, offered his condolences to his family in a tweet.
“Very saddened to learn of the tragic death this morning of Quentin Moses. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this difficult time,” the tweet read.
UGA Athletic Director Greg McGarity also released a statement to ESPN expressing his sadness at Moses’ death.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Quentin’s family,” McGarity’s statement read. “We are shocked and saddened by this tragic news. Quentin was an outstanding representative of not only the University of Georgia but also his hometown of Athens. On behalf UGA Athletics, we extend our most sincere condolences to his family.”
Sources: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, ESPN / Photo credit: Paul Keleher/Wikimedia Commons, Atlanta Journal-Constitution