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Teen girl killed in fire; Cobb County police calling it homicide

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Cobb County Police say a fire that took the life of a teenage girl was no accident.  They're calling her death a homicide.

The girl's brother was also burned, but he is expected to survive.

Investigators and a police K9 returned to the scene Monday. The dog searched through bushes at a house next door while neighbors watched.

"This makes me a little, not a little, very nervous about the situation because it’s a quiet neighborhood, nothing like this has ever happened," said neighbor Yvonne Hollman-Riddle.

The fire broke out around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, in the 3200 block of Shadowridge Drive near Marietta.

When police arrived, they saw tall flames coming out of the roof, and a boy in the front yard who was severely burned.

Neighbors said firefighters initially made a quick search of the house and thought everyone got out safely.

But later, firefighters discovered the body of the boy's 14-year-old sister inside. Police said the suspect foul play in the case.

ATF agents were called to assist, and their dog picked up the scent of flammable liquids inside the charred remains of the house.

Witnesses said they smelled gasoline in the air when the fire started.

The victim's stepfather was also on the scene when firefighters arrived and he was not injured. 

Neighbors said he seemed anxious and preoccupied with rounding up his three dogs, all of which were later seized by animal control in good condition.

Police took the stepfather away in handcuffs for questioning, but by Sunday afternoon, police said they released the man without criminal charges.

Investigators have not said how the fire started. 

Police refused to provide the name of the victim, but children who live on her street said she just graduated from Cooper Middle School. She was expected to attend South Cobb High School in the fall.

Family and friends of family who arrived to the house while police were investigating did not want to talk to CBS46 about what happened.

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