Alabama fire chief confirms deaths as fire destroys 35 boats

Multiple dead and missing as docked boats burn in Alabama, Photo Date: 1/27/20

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Boaters leaped into the water to escape a fire that consumed at least 35 vessels docked along the Tennessee River. Authorities say there were fatalities as 7 people were sent to hospitals and 7 others were initially reported missing.

The blaze was reported shortly after midnight as people living in the boats were sleeping, and consumed the wooden dock and an aluminum roof that covered many of the vessels, cutting off escape routes and raining debris into the water.

Jackson County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Rocky Harnen tells The Associated Press that they’re trying to get divers to search for possible victims.

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