FIRST ALERT: Marking the 30th anniversary of the Challenger disaster

FIRST ALERT: Marking the 30th anniversary of the Challenger disaster

(WAFF) - Challenger: 30 years later

It was a day that was meant for excitement, joy and wonder. Instead, the day was punctuated by an explosion that claimed the lives of seven astronauts and put the space exploration program to a screeching halt. The Tennessee Valley will join the nation this week in marking the 30th anniversary of the Challenger disaster and remembering the seven lives lost Jan. 28, 1986. Thursday night at 10, WAFF 48's Liz Hurley goes back through the WAFF archives as we re-trace the moments before and during that fateful day, and examines the role Huntsville's Marshall Space Flight Center played in the shuttle's design, construction - and the investigation into the shuttle's destruction.

Fire destroys vacant home

Firefighters worked to contain a fire at an unoccupied home in Huntsville. The blaze broke out at the vacant home on Yale Circle in Huntsville just after 10:30 Wednesday night. When crews arrived, the home was fully engulfed in flames. Investigators were able to determine that the home was vacant and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

Sunny skies with temperatures in the 50s

We're about 5° cooler this morning compared to yesterday with temperatures running in the mid-to-upper 20s. You may have some frost to scrape off the windshield, and there could also be a few pockets of fog this morning.  With temps below freezing, that fog could put a light glaze of ice on elevated surfaces, so use caution if you come across a bridge while it's foggy.

We hope you'll join Margo Gray, Trent Butler and David Ernst for WAFF 48 News this morning. Remember, you can always watch online at or by tapping "Watch Newscasts" on your WAFF News mobile app.