Son remembers father killed in fire in Albertville

Published: Nov. 8, 2021 at 9:15 AM CST
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ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Albertville Deputy Fire Chief Brent Ennis confirmed to 48 News that a man died in a camper fire Sunday evening.

Emergency crews responded to a fire on Lazy Creek Road in Albertville at about 7:00 p.m. on Sunday night. As crews began to search the property, they found the body of 51-year-old Jackie Parrish. Fire officials say he died from the fire.

Jackie Parrish
Jackie Parrish(Eric Parrish)

Eric Parrish was at home asleep when he learned that his father Jackie Parrish, died in a fire.

“My mom had called me hysterical, and I jumped straight out of the bed, got my kids in the car, and we headed there as fast as we could,” said Eric Parrish.

Parrish’s neighbor did not want to go on camera, but she said Jackie was a nice guy; and lived in the camper for about three months. Other friends stopped by and shared the same sentiments about Jackie, including his son Eric.

“The impact he had was really heart touching, and growing up, he was always the one that comforted us if there was a storm coming and if we were scared, he made sure we were okay, and he was a people person. He walked door to door just to say hey. Everybody liked him.”

Fire officials confirmed that the home behind Jackie’s camper caught fire a year ago due to wiring issues.

Ennis says the fire is still under investigation but they believe faulty wiring was the cause. The State Fire Marshall, Douglas Fire, Nixon Chapel Fire and Marshall County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the fire.

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