Colbert County firefighters were busy battling a fire and extreme heat near the Colbert-Lawrence county line early Monday morning.
The fire was reported around 4 a.m. at a home in the 8600 block of River Road.
Nitrate City Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kelly Aday said the house was destroyed by the fire. No one was home, but firefighters were able to save animals from the home, he said. Eight different departments were on the scene of the fire.
Colbert County Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Melton said heat was playing a role in how firefighters were fighting the fire, and a cooling station had been set up to help them cool down. One firefighter was taken to Helen Keller Hospital after getting lightheaded at the scene, Melton said.
Officials have called in the State Fire Marshal's Office to invesigate the house fire becasue of suspicious activity.
"They are doing an investigation due to some suspicious statements we've received and some things that we've seen while battling the blaze," said Aday. "We're not real sure what caused it but we do know there was a lot of suspicious activity and that's why we called the fire marshal."
The State Fire Marshal on scene would only confirm that the fire was under investigation. No arrests have been made at this time.