BRYANT, Ala. (WHNT) – Jackson County Fire Departments responded to a call of a house fire on County Road 296 in Bryant around midnight Saturday morning.
Three adults and two children lost their lives to the blaze that members of the Tri-Community Fire Department worked to put out. The department includes firefighters from Bryant, Higdon, and Flat Rock.
Carolyn Quarles (age 63), Kimberly Alexander (age 34), Tony Alexander (age 42), Brianne Alexander (age 8), and Emily Alexander (age 6) all died in the fire.
Bryant Tri-Community Fire Chief Jay White says the Alexander's were sleeping at one end of the house, and Quarles was on the other side. Fire officials do not believe there were smoke detectors of any kind in the home. White added that the fire was the first fatal fire the area had seen in more than a decade, and the first multiple fatality fire in nearly 40 years.
The family is devastated by the loss, and spent much of the day Saturday looking through remnants of the home for salvageable items. Family members say they recently lost another loved one, Carolyn’s mother who also lived in the home weeks prior to the fire.
Firefighters say the blaze was particularly difficult to fight, as there was a propane tank located just behind the home, and a power line above the house which was nearly burned through from the fire.
The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of this fire.
A Gofundme account has been established to help surviving family members cover the costs of the funerals for their loved ones.