UPDATE: Twin brothers perish, one person hurt in Rossville house fire
UPDATE: Minutes after a Rossville home caught fire, Walker County Fire Chief Blake Hodge says someone inside called 911.
“It's very, very unfortunate,” said Chief Hodge. “Law enforcement arrived first. They found the home to be well involved. Fire crews arrived shortly thereafter.”
Chief Hodge says at least four people were inside when flames covered the right side of the modular home, including twin brothers who died.
“I can't get into any details as far as positioning or anything like that.”
Nearby neighbors witnessed the fire.
“There were attempts by neighbors and possibly family to get into the structure and possibly save the victims,” said Chief Hodge.
One person was taken to the hospital to get checked out. No one else was hurt.
Fire marshals and investigators stayed and examined the home for about four hours, but a cause for the fire has not yet been determined.
“We were able to check the unburned portion of the residence where the other occupants lived. There were smoke alarms and they were inoperable,” said Chief Hodge.
Loss is never easy, but Chief Hodge hopes his team's support will help with the grieving process.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family members and friends,” he said.
This is the second fatal fire on Dry Valley Road in the past three months. In September, two people died in a house fire, including a juvenile. Chief Hodge could not confirm the cause of that fire.
Chief Hodge is encouraging everyone to check their home smoke detectors. The fire department offers free smoke detectors and installation. For more information call (706) 539-1255.
PREVIOUS STORY: Officials say a set of twins have been killed in a house fire in Rossville Wednesday evening.
It happened in the 1400 block of Dry Valley Road.
Walker County Coroner Dewayne Wilson confirms the twins were killed in the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The victims’ names will not be released until their family has been notified.