DeKalb County authorities say one person was found dead after they responded to a house fire on County Road 386 in the Aroney community Tuesday morning just days before Thanksgiving.
Multiple fire departments responded to the home around 9 a.m. When they were able to extinguish the flames they found a woman had died inside. While authorities have not released the victim's name, family members identified her as 84-year-old Lucille Bolding Tuesday afternoon.
Family members described Bolding as a "wonderful, wonderful person who loved God," and she attended church in Boaz. She was active in the community and was considered close with her family.
The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office says Crossville fire and police, Aroney fire, Kilpatrick fire, Sardis fire and police along with Beulah fire authorities all responded to the scene of the fire.
“We would like to thank all of the Fire Departments and Police Departments that came to assist for their quick response and for all of the hard work that they do," said DeKalb County Chief Deputy Michael Edmonson. "It’s always hard to lose a family member during this time of year. Our thoughts and prayer goes out to family.”
A member of one of the fire departments was able to locate Bolding inside the home. Family members were told it appears Bolding died of smoke inhalation.
The Alabama State Fire Marhsal's Office is now leading the investigation.