Second home fire in two days destroys house in Valley

Published 10:18 am Thursday, June 27, 2019

VALLEY — A second fire in two days has destroyed another home in Valley, according to the East Alabama Fire District.

Firefighters battled a blaze at about 5 a.m. Thursday morning just off Plantation Road in Valley, Assistant Fire Chief Kerry Pickard said. He said the home was fully engulfed when first responders arrived and by the time the fire was out, most of the structure was on the ground.

There was nobody home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported. He said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Pickard said the situation was similar to a Wednesday fire in the 5500 block of 21st Avenue in Valley.

On Wednesday morning, firefighters arrived to a fully engulfed structure at about 5 a.m. that was on the city’s list to be condemned.

After Thursday morning’s fire, Pickard said the fire department is working with the Valley Police Department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office. He said he wasn’t ready to call the two fires the work of an arsonist as of Thursday morning.

“Coincidences do happen, so we just want to make sure all our bases are covered,” he said.

One difference between the two homes is the home off Plantation Road was not set to be condemned by the city.

Pickard said the fire department is investigating both fires separately as of Thursday.

Major Mike Reynolds of the Valley Police Department said although the fires are coincidental in nature, he confirmed police are working with the fire department to determine if the two incidents are the work of an arsonist.

“At this point, we have nothing concrete, but we are looking into the possibility,” he said.