Afternoon fire destroys home

Published 5:30 pm Saturday, October 29, 2011

A Saturday afternoon fire completely destroyed a mobile home on East Broad Street.

A grandmother and her two young grandchildren are thankful to be alive following a fire that completely destroyed their mobile home, located at 319 East Broad Street, Saturday afternoon.

Yvonne Burrell and her grandchildren, ages two and nine, were not home when the fire broke out a little after 4 p.m. Burrell’s boyfriend, Anthony Montgomery, was asleep in the home at the time, but was able to escape without injury.

According to Atmore Fire Chief Gerry McGhee, Montgomery said he was unable to discern where the fire originated.

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“He said it looked like it was coming from behind the couch, but he wasn’t sure,” McGhee said.

Emergency personnel responded to the blaze around 4:30 p.m. Firefighters with the Atmore and Poarch fire departments battled the inferno, but were unable to prevent the fire from resulting in a complete loss of the home.

Although the cause of the fire has yet to be determined, McGhee said an investigation is underway.

“We’re investigating the cause,” McGhee said. “But we don’t think there was any foul play involved. We think this was just a freak accident.”

Joan Hackman, director of the Atmore chapter of the American Red Cross, said assistance has been provided for Burrell’s family.

“We have worked with her family,” Hackman said. “We’ve housed her family and we’ve taken care of replacing clothes and providing food.”

Hackman said she believed the family has also received assistance from a source in the Brewton area.

Atmore Police Department, Poarch Police Department and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department also responded to Saturday’s fire.