Coroner: 4 of 8 Jackson County boat dock fire victims were children

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December 25 2021 12:00 am

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – UPDATE (1/28): Jackson County Coroner John Jordan released new information about the victims of the deadly boat dock fire at the Jackson County Park. Jordan says four of the victims were children.

Jordan hasn’t released the identities of any of the victims but says the children were ages 7, 9, 10 and 16 years old. A cause of death has not been released at this time.

Emergency crews responded to the fire in Scottsboro around 12:40 a.m. Monday. The fire destroyed B-dock along with 35 boats. Emergency workers say the fire started on the shore side of the dock, which caused problems for fire crews and the people trying to escape.

Scottsboro Fire Chief Gene Necklaus reported Monday that eight people were killed. Seven people were taken to Highlands Medical Center, treated, and released.

Nineteen agencies from all across the state, regional area, and local, are on the scene, including multiple dive teams and the U.S. Coast Guard.

UPDATE (1/27): Emergency crews are at the scene of a deadly fire at the Jackson County Park in Scottsboro.

Crews were called to the park around 12:40 a.m. Authorities told WHNT News 19 B-Dock was destroyed.

The fire started on the shore side of the dock, creating problems for the fire crews and people trying to escape.

Scottsboro Fire Chief Gene Necklaus said eight people were killed. Seven people were taken to Highlands Medical Center, treated, and released. 35 boats were destroyed.

Necklaus said any potential chemical spill has been contained and search efforts are ongoing.

He said the search could take multiple days as they check every vessel for missing people.

Once they’re finished, ALEA and ATF will take over the investigation.

The destroyed boats sunk in their berths or floated into Lake Guntersville.

19 agencies from all across the state, regional area, and local, are on the scene, including multiple dive teams.

UPDATE: Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen confirmed to WHNT News 19 two people were killed.

The fire started on the shore side of the dock, creating problems for the fire crews and people trying to escape.

Necklaus said any potential chemical spill has been contained.

The destroyed boats sunk in their berths or floated into Lake Guntersville.

WATCH: Scottsboro Fire & Rescue Chief Gene Necklaus provides an update on this morning’s dock fire

Another press conference is expected at 11:30 a.m. Check back for updates.


ORIGINAL STORY: Emergency crews are at the scene of a reported fire at the Jackson County Park in Scottsboro.

Crews were called to the park around 12:30 a.m. Authorities told WHNT News 19 B-Dock was destroyed.

Scottsboro Fire said multiple people were killed, with seven missing as of 6 a.m. Seven people were taken to the hospital in stable condition as well. 35 boats were destroyed.

17 agencies are on the scene, some with search and rescue boats.

The Jackson County Emergency Management Agency asked the public to avoid all land and water areas around Jackson County Park until further notice.

A viewer sent pictures to WHNT News 19 Monday morning showing the dock ablaze.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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