A camper fire that broke out early Saturday morning has claimed the life of a 71-year-old Mt. Hope man.
Ronald Joe Martin, of 4622 County Road 39, was pronounced dead at the scene after first responders were called to his residence at 4:36 a.m. on Saturday, according to Lawrence County Coroner Scott Norwood. Reports show Martin was trapped inside the camper where he resided at the time of the fire. He suffered severe fifth-degree burns, Norwood said. No foul play was suspected.
He said Martin’s body was sent to Huntsville for autopsy. The Alabama Fire Marshal’s Office continues investigations to determine cause and origin of the blaze.
VIDEO: Enterprise police have made an arrest in a fire that damaged a popular restaurant.
Paul Anthony Wilson, 54, of Enterprise, is charged with arson second degree and burglary third degree.
Firefighters and police were called to the Santa Fe Cattle Company early Tuesday morning. Video from the scene showed firefighters battling large flames coming from the restaurant. During the investigation, detectives discovered the business had been burglarized before the fire. Surveillance footage showed an individual wearing a gray hoodie breaking into the business and stealing money. Wilson was identified as a suspect Tuesday and transported to the Coffee County Jail after his arrest.
The Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office is assisting with the investigation.
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Imagine being in a car accident and not having a way out, it’s up to first responders to assess the situation and help save victims trapped in their cars. The volunteer fire departments of Level Plains and Daleville took WDHN behind the scenes of their entrapment training.
“Today we are practicing extrication when someone has been in a car wreck or not necessarily a car wreck could be a machinery entrapment or something, today we are practicing with cars,” said Level Plains Fire Department Chief, Jamie Gatlin.
Chief Gatlin says they always have new people coming through the station and training is crucial for a volunteer fire department.
“We have people who have never had a chance to do this so they get a chance to do it in kind of controlled conditions. And also, our automatic mutual aid partner Daleville Fire Department is coming over and they are going to join in and so that we can get to practice together like we are working together on the scene,” Gatlin said.
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