A Cumby mobile home was heavily damaged and one fatality confirmed as a result of a fire late Tuesday afternoon.
The blaze was called in just before 5 p.m. Aug. 24, 2021, as a structure fire with one possible entrapment. Cumby, Hopkins County, Miller Grove, Campbell, Commerce, Arbala and Brinker firefighters responded, along with Cumby Police, Hopkins County Sheriff’s deputies and Hopkins County EMS.
A neighbor reported seeing the smoke across the street and, aware an elderly man who is bedridden and on oxygen resides in the home, attempted to reach reach him. Unfortunately, due to the heavy smoke and fire, he was not able to get past the man’s window, firefighters were told.
Firefighters reported heavy fire blazing in the mobile home upon arrival at the Mill Street address, about a block from downtown Cumby. Firefighters got the fire knocked down relatively quickly. However, some places within the mobile home were thought to still be smoldering at 6 p.m., so firefighters remained on scene while investigators from more than one agency worked together to investigate at the scene Tuesday evening.
Hopkins County Fire Department officials just before 9 p.m. Tuesday confirmed the resident had been located deceased within the structure. The cause of the fire ha yet to be determined and the investigation is ongoing, HCFD investigators reported.