WINSTON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - An older married couple died in a mobile home fire in Winston County Sunday morning. This marks the second time in less than one month tragedy struck the same quiet neighborhood in the small town of Addison.
"I don't know. It's just hard to deal with," said John Deaver who lives next to the trailer that went ablaze.
According to Winston County Coroner Larry Gilliland, 70-year-old Terry Cagle and 72-year-old Jennette Cagle didn't survive. He says they are believed to have died from smoke inhalation but won't know for sure until the results from the autopsy reports are released.
"We've already lost a three year old little girl, and now two people, with what? 100 yards of each other," Deaver added.
Deaver says it was the day after Christmas when a trailer on the same street, Rock Creek Circle, went up in flames. Three-year-old Anna Arlene Hocutt, didn't make it out alive.
Early Sunday morning around 4 AM, Deaver relived the nightmare of losing a neighbor to a house fire.
"Flames were coming out the living room and then it just started spreading back this way," Deaver described. He says he knew the married couple who lived in side the mobile home. Their fourteen-year-old great granddaughter was also inside the trailer when the fire started. Deaver says she was the one who called for help.
"I didn't know if they got out, and she was yelling that they were still in the house and telling me I have to do something, I have to do something. There was no way I could do anything," Deaver added.
Some neighbors who live on Rock Creek Circle tell FOX 6 News they are left to question how this could happen to yet another home on their block.
One neighbor, who did not wish to be identified, says it's not just the coincidental elements weighing heavy on his heart. He says he knew the Cagles well, and now he's left to mourn the loss of his friends.
"He had a heart of gold, and he loved his wife and he wouldn't ever leave her side. He didn't deserve this, neither one did," the neighbor said.
According to Gilliland, the cause of the fire is unknown. The Alabama Sate Fire Marshal will be on scene Monday morning to investigate.
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