Ford City fire: victims include Cherokee Elementary teacher, husband & child

Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 11:26 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 24, 2021 at 11:55 AM CDT
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MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WAFF) - Three people died in a Colbert County structure fire on Thursday.

The Nitrate City Volunteer Fire Department confirmed the deaths on the afternoon of September 23.

The Colbert County Coroner confirmed that a husband, his wife and their 3-year-old daughter were the victims killed in the fire.

  • Husband - Brandon Norris - age 28
  • Wife - Jordan Norris - age 25
  • Daughter - Marleigh Norris - age 3

Colbert County’s Superintendent confirmed Friday morning that one of the victims, Jordan Norris, was a third grade teacher at Cherokee Elementary.

Cherokee Elementary and Leighton Elementary were both closed on Friday.

Norris had previously taught at Leighton.


“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 two years at Leighton Elementary School alongside her mother who has taught there for many years. Mrs. Norris was currently teaching at Cherokee Elementary. 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.”

According to the Colbert County EMA, the Nitrate Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene of the fatal fire at 215 Mount Pleasant Road in Ford City.

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