A 3-year-old girl from Georgia is dead after accidentally falling into a six-foot-deep in-ground grease pit behind an ice cream shop in Auburn. She reportedly fell into the pit while playing with her siblings and was trapped inside for between five to ten minutes.
The tragic incident took place on Saturday, when the family of little Sadie Andrews went to Bruster’s Ice Cream shop for an afternoon treat, WRBL reported. At around 1:00 pm, police were called after the toddler went missing, but she was discovered minutes later inside the grease container.
Surveillance video showed that the girl fell through the grease trap’s cover and inside the deep container, where she remained for several painstaking minutes. By the time she was pulled out of the pit, she was unresponsive, with first responders performing CPR on the scene until she could be transported to a nearby hospital. She was pronounced dead at around 1:30 pm.
“The City of Auburn expresses its deepest sympathies to everyone affected by the unthinkable tragedy involving the death of a child near Bruster’s Ice Cream in Auburn this weekend,” the city said in a statement, noting that the grease pit has been cordoned off pending a safety review.
Jim Sahene, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream CEO, also released a statement saying that all franchisors will be required to undergo additional safety inspections.
“As a father and grandfather myself, I cannot imagine the grief the family is going through,” he said. “We can only hope that they find some comfort in the outpouring of support we have seen since this tragedy happened.”
A preliminary investigation has seen Sadie’s untimely death get classified as an accidentally drowning and no foul play is suspected.