LYNN - The victim of an early morning house fire Monday, Oct. 16, suspects arson and theft after finding fire had possibly been set at three separate locations inside his home and a TV missing from the bedroom.
Clay Hall, who has lived at the site-built home at 121 Dodd Street the past year, had left for his job with Norfolk Southern Railroad around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, only to be alerted the following morning by a neighbor that his house was on fire, he said.
“I was in Florence, so I was an hour away,” Hall recalled. “(The neighbor) called me about 5:57, and I was here within the hour.”
The Lynn Fire Department was called to a structure fire around 6 a.m., noted Lynn Fire Captain Cody Wakefield. Lynn was assisted at the scene by Delmar and Nauvoo departments, with assistance from the Lynn Police Department, Alabama Fire Marshal’s Office and Alabama Power, according to Wakefield.
“When I got on the scene, there was smoke showing from the residence and you could visibly see flames inside the residence,” Wakefield stated. “It was only confined to the front door.”
Firefighters forced open the front door and made an interior attack of the fire, applying about 200 gallons of water to extinguish the blaze according to Wakefield.
“Once we made entry, it took us maybe 10, 15 minutes,” he said, adding firefighters used the water capacity from their trucks.
“I am really proud we were able to get in and knock the fire down and save what we could,” Wakefield pointed out.
Wakefield termed the house a total loss, with fire, heat, smoke and water damage throughout the residence, he said.
The fire is under investigation by the Alabama Fire Marshal’s Office, noted deputy state fire marshal Brett Rodgers.
See complete story in the Northwest Alabamian.