Man killed in McCalla mobile home fire

Man killed in McCalla mobile home fire

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A man died in a fire at this mobile home in McCalla Thursday night. Source: Kelvin Reynolds A man died in a fire at this mobile home in McCalla Thursday night. Source: Kelvin Reynolds
MCCALLA, AL (WBRC) -

A fire at a mobile home in McCalla claimed the life of a 41-year-old man Thursday night.

Janice Hancock describes her feeling after a fire injured her neighbor and killed her neighbor's son.

"It shook me up pretty good, just be more cautious," she said.

Authorities said two of the occupants, Michael Joe Pierce and his mother, were trapped inside the blaze at a trailer on Arlo Drive. A third person managed to escape from the fire, which was fully involved. Several bystanders attempted to get Pierce and his mother out of the building.

Hancock says her dog alerted her family to the fire.

"Boo, our little dog, he just kept on raising cane. We started hearing popping noises. So we got up and we saw flames everywhere," Hancock said.

Greenpond and Lakeview fire departments and Lakeview police officers responded to the blaze around 11 p.m. They helped get Pierce and his mother out of the house and both victims received medical attention, Captain Loyd Baker with the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office said.

Pierce suffered severe smoke inhalation and burns and was pronounced dead at the scene. His mother was airlifted to UAB. Her condition is not known at this time.

The sheriff's office says they have not found any evidence of arson or foul play in connection to the deadly blaze.

"The lady who is the wife of [Pierce], she's given a brief statement saying that it appears the fire may have started around a drier," Sgt. Dale Phillips told FOX6 News.

Elizabeth Hilton is listed in stable condition.

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