By Trent Moore
The Cullman Times
An elderly Addison couple was killed in a fire that broke out Sunday morning at their home, marking the second fatal house fire in the past month for the small, Winston County town.
Terry Cagle, 70, and Jennette Cagle, 72, were both killed when their mobile home was fully engulfed in flames at approximately 4:50 a.m. Sunday. The married couple was pronounced dead at the scene, and officials suspect smoke inhalation as the cause of death.
A 14-year-old girl also lived at the home, though she was able to escape unharmed.
“It was a total loss,” Addison Police Chief Donald Baker said. “There were flames already coming out of the windows when we arrived.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and the Alabama State Fire Marshal had agents on the scene Monday.
“The investigation is ongoing,” state fire marshal’s public information officer Steve Holmes said. “We don’t currently suspect foul play, but it’s too early to say what the possible cause might be. It’s just tragic.”
The blaze took place at the same mobile home park where a three-year-old girl died in a house fire on December 26, the day after Christmas. Young Anna Arlene Hocutt was laid to rest at Hillcrest Cemetery approximately two weeks ago.
Fire investigators suspect that fire may have been caused by a propane heater that had recently been installed.
Addison Mayor Marsha Pigg said the second fire has rocked the already heartbroken community.
“It’s just a tragedy, and it’s awful this has happened again,” she said. “I knew Mr. Cagle, he actually went to church with us, and it’s just tragic. It’s unbelievable this would happen again.”
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