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A DeKalb County investigator says the five people killed in a mobile home fire Thursday morning were family members.
The investigator says a couple and three children younger than elementary school age were killed. Their bodies are in Huntsville for autopsies. Two more children in the family were at Ider School when the fire started and survived.
Luke Jackson said his daughter, 27-year-old Kayla, her boyfriend, Cody Dove, and her three youngest children, four-year-old Kaylon Stotts, three-year-old Jaycee Stotts and one-year-old Harley Stotts, were found dead inside the mobile home on Thursday.
Investigators at the scene are still trying to determine the cause of the fire. Right now, they believe a fire was started in the home by a family member, but they don't know why.
Firefighters got the call to respond at 9:18 Thursday morning. It happened near Highway 75 on County Road 927.
DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Jason Barnett provided this statement:
"The community and Ider School’s hearts are broken over this terrible tragedy impacting our school and community. In a community like Ider, a tragedy that impacts one of us-impacts us all. While we can’t undo the tragedy, we will pray for and will work to support our students and families collectively."
A family friend tells WAAY 31 she is collecting Christmas presents and clothes for the surviving children. They need sizes 7 and 8 in clothes and sizes 2 and 3 in shoes. To donate, contact Sarah Merciers at (423) 664-6532.