At approximately 2305 hrs the Dothan Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a structure fire in the 200 Block of Ginnalou Dr. Initial dispatch information advised the residence was possibly still occupied. Units arrived on scene to find heavy fire showing from the entire structure. Additionally, upon arrival, firefighters encountered three residents that had exited the structure with significant injuries. All patients were transported to a local hospital for treatment of the injuries sustained during the fire. One patient had serious injuries and was admitted locally while the remaining two patients were transferred to a Birmingham hospital due to the criticality of their conditions. There were two fatalities also inside the home. Flames were quickly brought under control and crews were able to conduct a search of the remainder of the residence which is a total loss due to fire damage.
Dothan Fire Chief Larry Williams has not released the names of the deceased at this time. Chief Williams added, “Our thoughts are with this family during this very difficult time.” Williams continued, “This is tragic for this family, our Department and our entire City.” Investigators from the Dothan Fire Department continue to investigate the cause of the fire with assistance from the Dothan Police Department. “Due to the number of injuries and fatalities, the cooperative effort, from both Departments, allows us to better document the scene as required in these types of incidents,” says Dothan Fire Marshal Chris Etheredge. The cause and origin of the fire is still under investigation at this time. Further updates will be provided as they become available.
UPDATE 1:09am News 4 has confirmed with authorities that five people were involved in the Ginnalou Drive house fire. Two juveniles were killed in the fire, and three adults were injured. These adults were transported to Flowers Hospital in Dothan. News 4 will have a full report on the fire on News 4 This Morning.
UPDATE 11:45 - News 4 can confirm the location of the house fire is Ginnalou Drive.
UPDATE 11:33 - A News 4 reporter on the scene reports that multiple ambulances are on the scene of a house fire due to suspected injuries. Hazmat teams, police units, and multiple fire units are also in the area, with the roads near the scene of the house fire blocked off to public traffic. News 4 will have more details throughout the night and tomorrow morning.
News 4 is investigating a large house fire off behind Camelot Apartments off of Highway 84 West in Dothan. More details as we receive them.
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