Jackson County Park and Marina cleanup underway after deadly fire

On Tuesday, there's still at least 30 boats to recover in the water.

Posted: Jan 28, 2020 5:50 AM
Updated: Jan 28, 2020 8:21 AM

On Tuesday, there's still at least 30 boats to recover in the water. Officials say the day is about recovering those boats, cleaning up any chemicals and debris, and, of course, remaining vigilant for any unaccounted victims.

The Scottsboro fire chief said it's almost impossible to know just how many people were out on the water as the fire spread.

The sheriff's office says as of now, they don't believe the death toll will rise above eight. A salvage crew is expected to be back on the water at 7 a.m. Tuesday. 

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management along with the Environmental Protection Agency will collect samples of the water to find out what chemicals are present and what needs to be done next.

We talked with one member of the crew who says while most of them are firefighters and first responders, working a tragedy like this never is easy.

"It's not easy. It's never easy. Even when you're in a house fire and see something, it's never easy, but we've been around it and we know what to expect," said Shane O'Neal, Southern Marine Towing & Salvage.

Right now, booms are set up in the water to contain debris like batteries, sewage, oil and gas. Testing will be done Tuesday to find out what chemicals are in the water. While crews work to clean that up, they're asking people not to swim, fish, or do anything on the water.

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