HARTSELLE, Ala. - A deadly house fire in Hartselle early Tuesday morning has left a family ripped apart. That fire claimed the life of a mother of three children, 51-year-old Sharon Crane Phillips. Phillips teenage daughter was also in the house at the time of the fire, but was able to get out.
Neighbors describe Sharon Crane Phillips as the most dedicated and loving mother, giving her all to her three children she raised alone.
One of them narrowly escaping the flames that claimed her mother's life. Around 1:45 AM Tuesday morning Hartselle firefighters responded to 901 Logwood Road SW. There they found Phillips had died in the house.
Her 18-year-old daughter is a senior at Hartselle High School. She was able to escape to safety out of a window, and was treated for smoke inhalation before being released.
Phillips also has a son and daughter at Auburn. Those who knew of the family said she worked hard for her kids, and would do anything for them.
From the outside of the house, you can't tell just how much damage has been done. The blaze is believed to have started in the kitchen which sustained most of the fire damage. The rest of the home sustained smoke damage.
There is no official cause of the fire yet, but at this point authorities said they believe it to be a tragic accident. The investigation into exactly how it started is still ongoing.
The Hartselle Fire Department and the Alabama State Fire Marshal's office are both investigating. They said at this point, preliminary reports point to it being a tragic accident.