House fire in Fairfield claims 1 life, victim identified

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FAIRFIELD, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE (8:30 a.m.): According to Captain John Turner of the Fairfield Fire Department, two people were inside the house at the time of the fire. One person, an elderly woman confirmed to be 90-year-old Virginia “Jinny” Carter, passed away in the home. Her son, whose name cannot be confirmed at this time, was able to escape the fire.

Fairfield firefighters state that when they arrived, the fire was “well-involved” in the home.

The fire is under investigation and has been passed on to the state fire marshal.

According to Sgt.Sebastian Carillo of Birmingham Fire and Rescue, they responded to the call of the fire at 4:52 a.m. Birmingham Fire and Rescue arrived at the scene to assist Fairfield firefighters.

Carillo says he will be getting in contact with the Fairfield Fire Chief to offer assistance with making sure everyone has a smoke detector installed in their homes. It is not confirmed whether the home did not have a smoke detector.

Scene of the fire. Courtesy of CBS 42 Photo Journalist Al Ratcliffe

It has been confirmed that one person was inside the structure at the time of the fire. Firefighters are searching for the individual.

CBS 42 is gathering more information at this time.

Check back for updates.

Original story: There is a house fire on the 700 block of 41st Street in Fairfield.

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