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UPDATE: Funeral set, family offers thanks in 5-fatality Alabama house fire

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UPDATE: Here is a message from the surviving family members, in appreciation to those who have prayed for them, offered support, and donated to the GoFundMe page for funeral expenses:

“We would like to give a special thanks to all of the first responders,  fire departments, neighbors, and the Bryant community. Thank you to everyone that has donated to the GoFundMe account and the Cooper/Alexander account at Citizens Bank in Trenton, Ga.  We appreciate those who have donated their time, food & most of all prayers for the family.  All those that have opened their homes to all that needed a place to enjoy the food that was so graciously prepared, to the media for their excellent coverage of our family’s loss, to Ryan Funeral Home for their attentive detail with the 2 children.  Thank you to the teachers, staff and principal at Bryant Elementary School for your kind words and sharing memories of the girls with us.  A special thank you to Jerral Byrum of Scottsboro for digging the grave, and a special thank you to Walmart #3659 employees for the touching tribute to Kimberly Alexander.  Thank you to the many churches that have had special prayers and love offerings for us.  Our family has been amazed by the generosity of our friends, community members and even complete strangers.  We have had heavy hearts the past few days and Carolyn, Kim, Tony, Brianne and Emily will be missed for a lifetime, but the love and support shown to us by each and every one of you have truly been a comfort. 

With much love,

The Cooper, Quarles and Alexander Family

Here are the arrangements:

  • Family will receive friends from 10 AM until 2 PM EST on Saturday January 9, 2016 at Ryan Funeral Home and Crematory, Trenton, GA.
  • Graveside services will be held 2:30 PM EST Saturday January 9, 2016 at Bryant Cemetery located on County Road 266, Bryant, AL 35958.

PREVIOUS STORY:  Anyone who knows Kim Alexander says she was a hard worker, very sweet,  great mom. Her two girls were always smiling, they had a loving dad and grandmother who would help anyone in need. It's hard to believe they're all gone, family members are trying to keep it together. They say they're grateful for all of the love and support they've seen over the past few days.

" I wish I could wake up, I really do," says Jennifer Quarles, Carolyn's daughter and Kim's older sister. 

Jennifer Quarles is heartbroken. She's lost her mother Carolyn, sister Kim, two nieces 8-year-old Breanna and 6-year-old Emily and their father Tony Alexander.  

"She was a great mother, hard working my nieces were gorgeous and smart," said Jennifer Quarles. "I pray to God no on ever has to go through this." 

Firefighters believe something fell on a propane heater sparking the fire that started sometime after midnight, Saturday. The family had just celebrated a late Christmas after losing their great grandmother two weeks ago. 

" The last thing I heard when I walked out the door that night it happened was "we love you aunt Jenny"... I just opened my last Christmas present there and opened it in front of them and they were so excited," said Quarles. 

Both girls loved school making friends and making good grades 

 "We call them our babies because that's what they are and not seeing them come back through the door, it's painful," said Principal Lloyd Ellison, Bryant Elementary School. 

Ellison says Emily was silly and outgoing. 

 "We would pass them in the hall and she's the first one that wanted to give you a high-five," said Ellison. 

There's a red jacket on her desk neatly folded and a box of organized crayons sitting where she loved to learn.

" She got to watch her sister go to school and she was so eager when her mom would come to check her out, she'd always want to stay," said Ellison. 

Breanna loved helping her teacher, she sat at the very front of class, full of questions. 

"Mrs. McCloud really thought the world of her and that's the thing it's going to be hard for my teachers. We've got to be professionals and teach but at the same time we're parents we're human and this hurts us," said Ellison. 

Talking to fellow classmates at Bryant Elementary will be tough, grief counselors are coming in Tuesday to help. Parents are welcome.

"The things we remember are their smiles and that's going to be their legacy here at the school ...how much they enjoyed life," said Ellison. 

The school is planning something special to offer up their condolences. Final arrangements have not yet been made. 

The family has started a go fund me account to help with funeral costs. To donate click here


UPDATE:  Kim and Tony Alexander called this place home for 12 years. It was the only place their two daughters, 8-year-old Brianne and 6-year-old Emily ever lived.

It is the place all four died, as well as Kim’s mother, Carolyn Quarle’s.

“They were just very sweet loving people,” said Marlena Mcclure, relative. 

Investigators believe everyone was sleep when something fell on a propane gas heater a little after midnight.

A neighbor spotted the flames coming from County Road 296 and called for help.

Within minutes Tri Community Volunteer Firefighters arrived, but flames made it difficult for firefighters to get to the family.

“I love them. They were perfect. They were really funny together. They did really well with their girls. They were raising wonderful girls,” said Mcclure.

While this family comes to grips with losing their loved ones, Kim Alexander's coworkers at the Signal Mountain Walmart are also feeling the pain.

She was scheduled to report to work Saturday as a customer service supervisor. 

Too hurt to go on camera her coworkers tell Channel 3 they are raising money for the family.

The family has started a go fund me account to help with funeral costs. To donate click here

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

A house fire on County Road 296 in Bryant took the life of five people around midnight Friday.

Deputies have identified the deceased as Carolyn Quarles, 63, Kimberly Alexander, 34, Tony Alexander 42, Breanna Alexander, 8, and Emily Alexander,6.

At this time, the cause of the fire has not been determined. Jackson County Sheriff's Officer is working with the State Fire Marshall Office to determine the cause.

Bryant, Higdon and Flat Rock Fire Departments all responded.

Members of the family have set up a Go Fund Me account here

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