Neighbors in shock after 4 bodies found inside burned home
MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Four bodies were found in the charred remnants of a Madison County home. Police say that the bodies of two adults and two children were discovered. The identities of those four have not been released.
Fire crews returned to the scene due to smoldering and visible smoke rising from the remains of the home and remained on the scene throughout the morning on Wednesday.
Firefighters from multiple departments were dispatched to the home in the 200 block of St. Clair Lane in Madison County around 3:20 p.m. Tuesday. Crews wrapped up at the scene around 3 a.m. Wednesday. St. Clair Lane was blocked off with crime scene tape as crews work the scene.
The Alabama state fire marshal was called to the home, as well as crime scene investigators and Madison County Coroner Bobby Berryhill.
Berryhill will be performing autopsies on the bodies of the four people found inside the home to determine their cause of death.
Neighbors said they are in shock as they try to come to terms with what happened on Tuesday. They said they are also working to explain to their children about the incident. Some of the children played with an 8-year-old boy who lives in the home.
The Madison County Schools superintendent's office said Wednesday morning that counselors will be available at Riverton Elementary School, where the 8-year-old goes to school.
Sheriff's investigator Jeremy Hughes said during a Tuesday afternoon press briefing that there was an ex-spouse the sheriff's department wanted to speak to in connection with the fire. That man was found by deputies and was brought in for an interview. Hughes would not elaborate further.
Hughes also couldn't confirm whether there was anyone in the home when the fire broke out. Hughes said none of the occupants of the home, including a child, had been accounted for.
"There is possibly an ugly domestic dispute here," said Hughes.
Hughes said the home is a total loss.
Huntsville Fire Department Captain Frank McKenzie said they were called to St. Clair Lane for a two-story house on fire with possible entrapment. When they arrived, heavy smoke and flames were coming from the home.
Huntsville fire crews responded to the fire along with teams from Moores Mill and Central. HEMSI paramedics were also on scene to provide support to fire crews.
A press conference will be held at the Madison County Sheriff's Office at 4 p.m. about the fire. WAFF 48 will be at the press conference to provide live updates.
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