ATHENS, Ga. -- One person died Monday and another was in jail after a fire broke out, overnight, at an Athens motel, America's Best Inn, at 2715 Atlanta Highway, west of downtown Athens.
Motel guests awoke just before 1:00 a.m. Monday to the smell of smoke, the sight of flames shooting out of Room 211, the sounds of alarms and sirens.
And they soon learned that the fire killed the woman who was staying in room 211.
The woman was Anita Dantzer Watson, 34, mother of four, who grew up on a farm a few miles away. She was always known as Dantzer as she rode horses across the fields, attended church functions, enjoyed friends and school.