Recovery and cleanup crews worked through foggy weather Tuesday morning after a fire torched an Alabama dock, killing at least eight people – four of them children – and scorching almost three dozen boats.
An Alabama coroner said Tuesday that four of the eight victims were children. Jackson County Coroner John Jordan hasn’t released the identities of any of the victims but said the children were ages 7, 9, 10 and 16 years old, WHNT-TV reported. A cause of death has not been released.
The blaze broke out early Monday in Scottsboro at a dock that housed boats, houseboats and pontoon vessels, some for recreation and others that served as homes.
The fire at the Jackson County Park Marina sent people leaping into the river.
Scottsboro Fire Chief Gene Necklaus told reporters Tuesday that the eight missing people were confirmed dead but that investigators are “cautiously confident” the death toll won’t rise. Jackson County Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Smith said dive teams were on site to confirm that only eight deaths occurred.
Authorities have not said what caused the blaze, but Necklaus said one boat is the focus of the investigation.
“It’s fair to say they are at least looking at one boat in particular, not to say that they won’t rule that out and move on to the next area,” he said.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Ryan W. Miller and Donna Thornton