New Year Begins On A Sad Note For Chilton County Family

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Two lives, two people gone in a matter of seconds early Sunday morning. Not much is left of the mobile home on Reed Street in Clanton.

The fire somehow started in the living room taking the lives of 25-year old Charlene Denise Jackson and her 2-year old daughter Imya Jackson.

Family and friends remember.

"She was always there for you and I loved her and she loved anybody she knew," said Ty Jackson, Ms. Jackson's brother.

In Montgomery the state fire marshall has not decided what caused the blaze but they have a good idea and they have pretty much ruled out anything sinister.

"They were asleep in the living room and they were using two electric heaters, a wood stove and wall-mounted propane heater in the living room," said State Fire Marshall Ed Paulk.

It's not clear if the Jacksons tried to escape but there is no escaping this grim statistic. When Jackson and her daughter died, they became Alabama's first fire deaths for the new year.

Alabama averages around 90 fire deaths a year and a big number of them occur during the cold winter months.

Investigators say it was Ty Jackson, Ms. Jackson's brother who first noticed the blaze and called 911.

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