Couple killed in Lauderdale County house fire identified

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. - Authorities say two people have died in a house fire on County Road 67.

Three volunteer fire departments responded to the fire around 5:45 a.m on Thursday morning and worked for hours to get all the hot spots put out. A neighbor was leaving for work when he noticed the flames coming from the home.

"When the fire department got here the house was fully engulfed. They worked for quite a while to actually get the fire down," said Lt. Brad Potts with the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office.

When they were finally able to enter the home, Dewayne Pearson, 64  and  Ginger Crapps, 62 were found dead in the bedroom and the living room.

"It's a tragic loss and we want to make sure all of our bases are covered; so we can say without a doubt there's no foul play involved in any of it," explained Lt. Potts.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire and determining whether or not smoke detectors were present in the home.

Lt. Potts says they have already found several items which could be contributing factors. "I know there are quite a few heaters in this house. Whether they be space heaters or oil heaters, people tend to run them, I don't want to say year around, but there's a lot of people who are still running them because we still do have some cool nights at times."

The couple was taken to state forensics for identification and autopsy as part of the investigation.

The State Fire Marshal's Office was also called in to help investigate.

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