GADSDEN, Ala. (WIAT) — The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office says the bodies of three people were found inside a burning house. The fire happened at 2:57 a.m. Thursday morning in the Tidmore Bend community on Fambrough Drive in Gadsden.
Arthur Wayne Fambrough, 74, Katherine Fambrough, 60, and Jill Fambrough, 40, have been identified as the three people inside. Their bodies will be sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
“They were probably the most wonderful people you’d ever meet. Kind, considerate,” said neighbor Michael Camp.
He said he’s known the family for 20 years. The commotion outside woke him up early this morning.
“We ran outside. We were hoping to find them outside. They weren’t out there,” he said.
Just before 3 a.m. Deputy Eric Johns with the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office discovered the house on fire while out on patrol.
“There was probably about 50 foot flames coming out. And there was no chance after that,” said Camp.
Neighbors said the Fambroughs had just decorated for Christmas and had been cooking outside ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday
“The garage end of the house was burned severely to start with so that’s the area we’re going to start in then work through the house,” said Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin.
Once the fire was out, rescue personnel began the difficult task of recovery.
“Any kind of call when you have a death is rough but when you have three on one scene on a Thanksgiving morning, you know, early morning that obviously these folks never knew what happened. It’s just sad. It’s sad for everybody,” said Entrekin.
“It’s rough. They were like family,” said Camp.
He said Jill Fambrough made homemade cards for him and his wife.
“We all loved her to death. She would always make us a Christmas card, a birthday card, a hand-made birthday card for our birthdays,” he said.
Jill was the daughter of Arthur Fambrough and step daughter of Katherine Fambrough. The street where the family lived was named after them. Camp said Arthur had built homes in the area.
“He built our house and he built the other two houses on the end of the block here,” said Camp.
Arthur also had a penchant for car shows and classic cars that included a 1955 Ford F-150 destroyed by the fire.
“Kind of like a pearl orange. It was a gorgeous truck. He showed it around quite a bit,” said Camp.
Camp said Arthur had met Katherine on a cruise in Alaska.
“They got married and he brought her down here and she just fit right in,” he said.
ORIGINAL: The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office says the bodies of three people were found inside a burning house. The fire happened at 2:57 a.m. Thursday morning in the Tidmore Bend community on Fambrough Drive in Gadsden.
The Sheriff’s Office says a husband, a wife and their adult daughter were believed to be inside the home. The couple is believed to be in their 60’s and their adult daughter is believed to be autistic.
The Sheriff’s Office brought in a truck with a crane to tear down the home and find the last person inside. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.
We will update you as soon as we learn more.