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Three Fire Fatalities and One Electrocution This Week

Deaths in Newton, Sylacauga and Florence

Contact: John S. Robison, State Fire Marshal

(334) 241-4166


Two unrelated fires have resulted in three deaths in Alabama since Sunday morning June 25th, and one child was electrocuted playing at his grandmother's home.

Marion Steve Collins, age 53, died Sunday in a fire on Rebecca Lane in Newton. The cause of the fire and death appear to be accidental, having resulted from a lit cigarette falling into a recliner.

A fire shortly after midnight Monday June 26th, claimed the lives of Estella Hale, age 82, and Dana Ray Hale, age 42. The fire at 775 Odena Road in Sylacauga, occurred when one eye of a stove was left on and unattended. No smoke alarms were present in this home.

Roger Benjamin Smith, age 12, was killed Monday while playing in the yard at his grandmother's home at Lot A, 317 County Road 289 near Florence. Several children, including the victim, were playing with a water hose and the victim fell across the frame of a mobile home. Two other children attempted to pull him off, but were unable. The child was transported at ECM Hospital in Florence where he died.