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Husband of 'hero' killed in fire remains in ICU

Beth Childers lost her life saving her grandson in a fire at the family's home. Beth Childers lost her life saving her grandson in a fire at the family's home.
Beth Childers, pictured left. Beth Childers, pictured left.
ANDERSON, AL (WAFF) -

A Lauderdale County woman died in a house fire while trying to save her grandson.

The fire broke out at the home of two volunteer firefighters early Wednesday morning at their home on County Road 50.

Investigators said Scott Childers woke to find his house fully engulfed. He was able to get out with his 17-year-old daughter while his wife, 42-year-old Beth Childers, went back in to save their 2-year-old grandson.

Beth was able to hand the child to her daughter through an open window but was not able to make it out.

"We lost her as a hero saving her own grandson," said Assistant Fire Chief John White. "It's been tough, a real tough morning losing one of our own members, and the way we lost her."

Scott Childers and the children were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. He remains in the ICU. He is expected to be moved to a regular room soon.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

Anderson and other local fire departments had their flags at half mast in honor of Beth Childers.

Spry Funeral Home will handle the arrangements.

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