UPDATED @ 9:08 AM 06:54 AM Early Morning Structure Fire Claims One Life In Dale CountyRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Jul 31 2022 7:10 AM
DALE COUNTY: 02:41 AM Ozark - Dale County 911 dispatched emergency units to a structure fire at 2:41 AM.
The structure fire was located at 106 Friar Road in Canterbury Farms. A subdivision off Napier Field Road in Southern Dale County.
At the time Ozark - Dale County 911 dispatched the structure fire, the persons reporting to 911 reported smoke and flames visible, subject possibly still inside the residence, structure fully involved.
Volunteer men and women of Midland City Volunteer Fire Department and Napier Field Volunteer Fire Department, South Dale EMS, Echo EMS, Dale County Sheriff Deputies, Midland City Police and Napier Field Police all responded.
The volunteers came from sound asleep to full combat, in seconds, all free, donating their times, energies and money to attempt to first save lives then save property.
One volunteer fireman did not take time to put his socks on in his turnout boots because of the immediate attempts to save a life. This caused heat burns to the volunteer fireman, who on the scene, admitted it hurt but life was important to attempt to save.
South Dale EMS transported a male and female which were injuried in the fire. A third victim, a male, was found dead in the house.
Dale County Deputy Coroner John Cawley is on the scene along with Investigators from Dale County Sheriff Department. At 6:54 AM the Alabama State Fire Marshall arrived on the scene.
Dale County Sheriff Investigators, Dale County Coroner, Midland City and Napier Field Fire Chief, and Alabama State Fire Marshall are investigating to determine the cause of the fire.
Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson praised the efforts of the volunteer fire and EMS, along with Dale County Sheriff Deputies, Midland City Police, Napier Field Police, South Dale EMS, ECHO EMS, and the staff of Ozark-Dale County 911 for their quick response. The call at 2:41 AM the rapid response in an effort to save lives, and the willingness of the volunteer men and women who risk their lives for free, to attempt to save lives and property. Sheriff Olson said his prayers and those of Dale County Sheriff Department goes out to the victim's family.
Dale County Deputy Coroner John Cawley said the body will be transported to the Montgomery Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences Office for the medical examiner.
The 33rd Judicial Circuit District Attorney, Kirke Adams, was notified of the fire and authorized Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences to be involved.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
UPDATED @ 9:08 AM
Dale County Deputy Coroner John Cawley has identified the deceased victim of the fire as 61 year old George Kirby II.
The body will be transported to Montgomery Division of Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences by the Dale County Coroner's Office.
One of the two victim's of the fire with injuries which was transported to the hospital, the 16 year old son, is being air lifted to the burn center in Birmingham.
The home was a total loss.
Napier Field Volunteer Fire Department has just been released from the scene ( 09:11 AM ) by the Alabama State Fire Marshall.