Investigation into deadly Jackson County house fire continues, officials believe it to be accidental

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala.  (WHNT) --The investigation continues into what started a fire that killed five people, including two little girls.

County Road 296 in Bryant held a devastating sight Saturday morning that can't be described adequately in words. A home engulfed in flames, five people inside.

Carolyn Quarles, Kimberly Alexander, and Tony Alexander passed away, as did eight-year-old Brianne Alexander and six-year-old Emily Alexander.

Monday the investigation continues to find out what happened that started the blaze.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office and State fire officials are working the investigation. Officials say as of now, the fire looks to be accidental. "I was just talking to the fire marshal working the case and he advised me that he didn't see anything criminal at this point," Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen says, "However, we'd like to hold off on final determination until we get the results of the autopsy back."

That could take several weeks. Investigators do have a direction as to a cause, but that won't be concrete or released until the results are final.

Multiple agencies responded to help fight the blaze. Fire officials do not believe there were smoke detectors of any kind in the home.

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. "It's just terrible for the family and for the whole community," Harnen says.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for funeral costs.

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