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COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. – Three people are dead after a home on Mt. Pleasant Road caught fire Thursday.

According to Colbert County Coroner Justin Gasque, a family of three was killed in the fire:

  • Brandon Norris, 28
  • Jordan Norris, 25
  • Marleigh Norris, 3

Nitrate City Volunteer Fire Chief Kelly Aday says there were about five departments on the scene including his own. He added this was a difficult situation.

“You don’t really understand the impact this can have on a person, no matter how much training we have. we’ve already had a short debriefing on the scene and we’ll have another debriefing tonight, and if we need to have more in the days to come, whatever we might need to get through it,” told News 19 over the phone.

Aday said it took a little more than 30 minutes to extinguish the fire.

Authorities do not know how the fire started as the state fire marshal investigates.

Jordan Norris was a third-grade teacher at Cherokee Elementary school.

Colbert County Schools Superintendent Chris Hand released condolences to the family:

“With broken hearts, we mourn the loss of a beloved teacher and her family. Early Thursday morning we learned that Mrs. Jordan Norris, a third-grade teacher at Cherokee Elementary School, along with her husband and daughter passed away in a tragic house fire. Mrs. Norris was a graduate of Colbert County High School. She completed her student teaching in the Colbert County School System and was employed as a full-time elementary teacher shortly thereafter. Mrs. Norris taught for two years at Leighton Elementary School alongside her mother who has taught there for many years. Mrs. Norris was currently teaching at Cherokee Elementary,” said Superintendent Hand in a statement. “She was greatly loved and admired by her coworkers and students. Mrs. Norris was very friendly and outgoing. She never met a stranger and always gave her best effort in teaching and working with students in the after-school program. We have implemented our crisis plan to address the emotional needs of our staff and students at both Cherokee and Leighton Elementary Schools. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Norris family during this very difficult time.”

Colbert County Schools Superintendent Chris Hand

Hand closed Cherokee and Leighton Elementary schools on Friday due to the tragic incident.