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The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office confirmed this morning, Wednesday, at 8am central time that a couple and their children, 13 and 11, found yesterday in a burning house are homicide victims. Cause of death has not been released.
Chief Deputy Coroner Pat Curry said his office will have to use dental records to positively identify the victims.
Birmingham Fire and Rescue were called to a home in the western part Birmingham at 1:35 a.m. and as firefighters arrived they were met by heavy flames engulfing a house.
When firefighters arrived they saw heavy flames coming from the home and immediately started an all out attack on the fire and put others in a rescue mode as they attempted to gain entry into the burning house. They fought the fire for 30 minutes and forced their way through the front door.
Once inside rescue personnel found a couple and two children, ages 13 and 11. They had all died probably from toxic fumes a fure spokeman said.
Police officials say they suspect foul play in the deaths of the Grasselli Heights couple and their two children in the home located on Howard Avenue but the motive isn’t clear at this time.
Right now it is going to be approached as an arson homicide an investigator said and we’re looking at a number of things to determine the who’s and the why’s.
Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Battalion Chief C.W. Mardis said one of the adults was found near the back door and the other three were in other places in the house. None were in bed.
“I guess they were all trying to get out but they didn’t,” Mardis said.
Birmingham fire investigators and police homicide detectives have been on the scene throughout the night and remain there.
The fire’s cause is undetermined.