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Fire officials identify victims of last week’s house fire

MADISON – The Madison Fire & Rescue released the identities of the two victims of a house fire last week. According to a press release issued Tuesday, fire officials said 64-year-old Gregory Sanders was found deceased by firefighterss after responding to a fire at 106 Cottonport Place in Madison

The Madison County Coroner’s office has identified the cause of death as smoke inhalation. Police investigators concluded that no criminal elements were present in relation to the fire, or the cause of death.

The female victim that was rescued has been identified as 56-year-old Suzanne Sanders. She is still in serious condition in the burn unit at UAB.

At this time Madison Fire & Police investigators have ruled the fire cause to be accidental.

Original story:

One person was rescue from a house fire Thursday night, but another was found deceased, said local fire officials.

According to a press release from the Madison Fire & Rescue and Madison Police Department, firefighters responded to a house fire at 106 Cottonport Place in Madison just before 11:30 p.m.

“When the first units arrived they were met with heavy fire conditions throughout the rear of the two story structure. There was a high suspicion of victims being inside of the house and crews aggressively entered the structure in an attempt to locate and rescue victims. They were unable to complete a search through the entire structure due to heavy active fire conditions inside of the structure,” stated Captain Michael Sedlacek with Madison Fire & Rescue. “Firefighters were able to gain access to a bedroom and remove a live female victim. She was transported by HEMSI to Huntsville Hospital in serious condition. After the fire was under control, crews did locate a deceased victim on the second story of the home.”

“As general reminder Madison Fire & Rescue would like all citizens to please have working smoke alarms in your homes to help prevent loss of life from fire,” Sedlacek said.  “The citizens of Madison are encouraged to contact the MFR Administration offices if you are in need of smoke alarms.”

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