Four people killed in Adamsville house fire

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December 25 2021 12:00 am

ADAMSVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) – UPDATE: According to the Adamsville Fire Chief, Scott Harbison, the fire originated from a futon sofa located in the dining room of the residence.

The cause of the fire has still yet to be determined.

ORIGINAL: Saturday morning, Adamsville fire crews responded to a house fire just before 10 am on Veterans Memorial Drive. Adamsville Fire Chief, Scott Harbison tells WIAT CBS42 that 8 people were at the home. They were all said to be related.

The victims have been identified as: Robert Armstrong, 4; Coren Walter, 6; Kenneth Hines, 20;  Pearly Jones, 70.

A 1-year-old was transferred to Children’s Hospital.

What’s more heartbreaking about these deaths are that the three younger victims actually made it out safely but went back inside to attempt to save their other family member, but the fire claimed their lives, this according to one of the children’s teacher.

“Anytime there is a fire in Adamsville especially when there is a fatality, we’re called, I’m called immediately and I come with coffee, cups and support,” said Adamsville Mayor Pam Palmer.

No amount of coffee, cups or support will bring this family’s loved ones back, but Mayor Palmer said their reliance on the Lord is helping them through.

“That’s all I can do for that family right now because there is nothing in this world that we can hand them that will make them feel any better,” said Mayor Palmer.

One of the young children who died, was a 1st grader at a local elementary school, and her teachers gathered at the Subway across from the home, to comfort each other after yet another house fire in Jefferson County.

“It’s just a tragic moment, we don’t like to see fires period, but we sure don’t like to see deaths,” said Chief Scott Harbison of Adamsville Fire Department.

Chief Harbison said incidents like this makes fire fighter’s job tougher, “the hardest part is knowing you have fatalities, you know any structure can be replaced, lives can not.”

According to the Red Cross, this past year’s numbers show that Jefferson County is one of top five counties in the nations for house and apartments fires.

According to family, that one year old who was taken to Children’s of Alabama, is said to be doing okay.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Donations for the family are being accepted at the Adamsville Fire Department and City Hall.

The Red Cross is assisting surviving members of the family. They are helping them with case work and to find housing.

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