Police in Tuscaloosa County investigating house fire in Buhl

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An 18-year-old is fighting for his life after what police are calling a suspicious fire, while another teen is recovering from being injured in the same house fire.

It happened early Thursday morning on Sipsey Valley Road in Buhl. Firefighters were called to the
house fire around 4:30 a.m. and found it fully engulfed in flames. They also found two 18-year-old males inside the home suffering from serious injuries.  

Robert Eaton lives across the street from the scene of the fire.

“Well, I didn’t hear anything but my wife woke me up about 4:30 this morning. She said the sirens woke her up and we looked out the door here and we saw police lights all up and down the highway out here,” Eaton said. 

Both teens were taken to UAB Hospital. Captain Gary Hood says he doesn’t know how the fire started or why the men were at the house.

“At this time, the cause of the fire is under investigation, but due to some suspicious circumstances, we requested the Tuscaloosa Violent Crime Unit,” Captain Hood said. “We are currently on scene working with the State Fire Marshals office and we are conducting an arson investigation at this time.”

Eaton tells CBS 42 he built the home that caught on fire. According to him, the electricity was off and the house should have been unoccupied.

“Well, it’s a bad situation because I don’t know where they came from, or who they are, and the power was supposed to be off in the house.”

Captain Gary Hood says it could take days or even longer to determine what happened. A K9 arson dog was brought in from Etowah County to help with the investigation. 

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