Mother and Daughter Killed in Fire in Limestone County

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - A mother and daughter died in house fire early Wednesday morning at a residence on Snake Road in Athens.

According to Sheriff Mike Blakely, the call came in about 12:30 a.m.  The initial caller indicated he feared some of the residents had not made it out of the burning building. Firefighters say when they arrived at the home it was engulfed in flames and the roof had already collapsed in.

The son was sleeping in the basement and tried to pull his mother and sister to safety, but was unable to, Coroner Mike West said.

The sheriff's office has identified the victims as Josephine Lamar, 76, and her daughter, 43-year-old Traci Shook.

The coroner, West, said weather is hampering the investigation, because the Alabama Department of Forensic Science is closed.  Forensic scientists will perform autopsies on the bodies.

The first firefighter to arrive on the scene reported the home was fully involved in flames. An ambulance, sheriff's investigators, the coroner and American Red Cross personnel are at the scene.

The state fire marshal is helping with the investigation.


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