St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell said two of the five people in the mobile home, at 1143 Dogwood Estates off Chula Vista Mountain Road, escaped uninjured.
“Thomas Devillier and his 9-year-old son, Joseph, were able to get out,” Russell said. “Thomas Devillier’s wife, Patricia Bressett, 39, son, Thomas Devillier Jr., 6, and his mother, Grace Devillier, 68, all died.”
Russell said the bodies were sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville for positive identification.
St. Clair County Sheriff Terry Surles said when deputies arrived around 2 a.m., the mobile home was fully engulfed with flames.
Russell said the Wattsville and Cook Springs volunteer fire departments responded to the call.
“The father got one son out and had a ladder up against a window trying to get the others’ attention,” Surles said. “He was doing all he could.”
Surles said Ray Cumby and Andy Yarbrough, with the Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office, are heading the joint investigating with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department.
“We had folks working through the night into the early morning hours,” Alabama State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk said. “We found nothing to indicate an intentionally-set fire.”
Paulk said they have not eliminated electrical as a cause of the fire, however there is still a lot of work to be done.
“I think it will be electrical, but we are definitely not through investigating,” Surles said.
Surles said from all indications, arson is not suspected.
“It’s such a tragedy,” he said.
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