FALKVILLE, Ala. – A man and his two daughters died in a house fire in Falkville Sunday morning, according to authorities.
According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mike Swafford, crews were on the scene around 6:30 a.m. after multiple calls about a fire in the 1900-block of Highway 55 East.
The home was across the street from JJ’s Grocery Deli and Pizza.
“If this was any other day, the store would have been opened earlier and somebody would have saw the smoke earlier… I hope, maybe,” said Falkville resident Michael Robinson. “You can’t think about maybe.”
Swafford said the mother was able to escape the fire before crews got to the scene.
The Morgan County Coroner’s Office confirmed the woman’s 44-year-old husband and their 3 and 7-year-old daughters died in the fire.
Robinson remembered how happy the girls were every time he saw them.
“They were always happy, running around, playing,” he said. “Their mother is really going to need to remember the smiles at this point because they’re not there to smile at her no more and she’s going to have to remember the good times. We’re all here for her.”
Swafford said the Morgan County Coroner, Morgan County District Attorney’s Office, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, and multiple local fire departments responded to the fire.
Morgan County Schools Superintendent Billy Hopkins released a statement regarding the fatal house fire.
“Our entire Morgan County School family is heartbroken to learn of this news,” stated Superintendent Billy Hopkins. “The world is facing enough pain and now we hurt even more with the loss of these two young children. We’ve learned this fire claimed the life of a Falkville Elementary student and her family.”
“We are all devastated about the loss of these children and our thoughts and prayers are with this entire family at this time, Hopkins added. “We are hopeful that when school resumes in the Fall, we will be able to honor this student and her family.“Morgan County Schools Superintendent Billy Hopkins
A GoFundMe page was set up to help the family with funeral expenses. The investigation is still on-going.