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News Releases


Title: ARSON ARREST IN CAMDEN
Contact: Steve Holmes, PIO
(334)240-4434
03/16/2012
CamdenThe Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office has announced the arrest of an arson suspect in connection with a Wednesday house fire in Camden, Wilcox County.  The Camden Volunteer Fire Department was called to 75 Eastwood Drive shortly after 5:00 p.m. Wednesday (3/14/12).   Upon arrival, the fire was well involved resulting in extensive damage.  A subsequent investigation by the Alabama State Fire Marshal’s office, The Camden Volunteer Fire Department and the Camden Police Department determined the fire to have been deliberately set.  Further investigation led to the Thursday arrest of 36 year old Kimu A. Craig for Arson First degree, a Class A felony, carrying a sentence of from ten years to Life.  The alleged Arson appears to have stemmed from an ongoing domestic dispute.  Craig was placed in the Wilcox County Jail and no bond has been set at this time.  Remember, to report a suspicious fire or arson, you may call the Alabama Arson Hotline at 1-800-654-0775 or by going on line to www.firemarshal.alabama.gov

Title: Deadly Autauga Fire Ruled Accidental
Contact: Steve Holmes, PIO
(334)240-4434
02/08/2012
Autaugaville-

Press Release

02/08/12

Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office

 

(Autaugaville) “Combustibles placed too close to a space heater” in the living room likely caused the fire that killed sixteen month old Wesley Stephen Bohannon II early Monday morning (2/6/12), according to Alabama State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk.  Six people were inside the home on Dutch Bend Street in Autaugaville at the time of the fire, called in around 6:00 a.m. Relatives attempted repeatedly to save the toddler to no avail. The mother, father and two sisters of the youngster were all injured in the fire and the mother remains hospitalized in Atlanta with second and third degree burns. 

In the wake of this tragedy, Marshal Paulk reminds citizens to always keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn. Shut off or unplug heaters when you go to bed or leave your home.  



Title: Arrest Made in Chilton Arsons
Contact: Steve Holmes, PIO
(334)224-4434
02/08/2012
Union Grove

PRESS RELEASE

2/8/2012

Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office

 

(Union Grove)  A series of suspicious fires in a Chilton County mobile home park has resulted in the arrest of a suspected arsonist.  The fires all occurred beginning in the early hours Sunday morning through early Sunday evening at a trailer park located on Chilton County Road 42.  The first fire was called in at 3:55 a.m., the second at 7:57 a.m. and the third at4:30 p.m.  An ensuing investigation by the Chilton County Sherriff’s Office and the Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office resulted in the arrest of 51 year old Richard Hand, as resident of the mobile home park for about a month.  Taken into custody yesterday, the suspect was out of jail on bond for setting mobile homes on fire last year in another trailer park on Chilton County Road 61.  Hand is currently being held in the Chilton County Jail under a bond of $300,000 in connection with his most recent arrest.  Remember to report arson or suspected arson on the ALABAMA ARSON HOTLINE: 1-800-654-0775 or at www.firemarshal.alabama.gov.

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Title: ACCIDENTAL FIRE KILLS THREE CHILDREN
Contact: Steve Holmes, PIO
(334)240-4434
12/09/2011
Union Springs-

The apartment fire which took the lives of three young children in Union Springs on November 28 has been ruled accidental.  The State Fire Marshal's Office has completed its investigation and determined the fire to have started on a sofa in the den area of the home.

Four year old twins JaLaya and JaDarius smith and thriteen month old Ta'Nyah Shell were all killed in the fire at 830 Peachburg Road in Union Springs. The tenant, Shemeka Smith mother of the twins was also caring for the younger child at the time of the fire but had left the children alone briefly to visit a neighbor.  She discovered the fire upon her return.

Alabama State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk attributes the fire's cause to, "a child playing with a lighter." Union Springs Police and Fire Departments as well as investigators from District Attorney Ben Reeves' office and the State Fire Marshal's Office have referred the case to the D.A. for submittal to a Grand Jury to consider possible criminal charges.



Title: Recalls
Contact: Steve Holmes, PIO
(334)240-4434
10/28/2011
Montgomery

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http://www.firemarshal.alabama.gov/Recalls.aspx