Two dead in Geraldine house fire

Two people were found dead inside the home early Friday morning.

Posted: Jan 5, 2018 9:11 AM
Updated: Jan 5, 2018 4:23 PM

Authorities are working to determine the cause of an early-morning fire that killed two people in Geraldine.

The fire was called in after 4 a.m. at a house on Government Drive, DeKalb County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson said. Crews arrived and found the house engulfed in flames, he said.

The names of the people killed in the fire have not been released.

DeKalb County Sheriff's Office investigators and the state fire marshal's office are investigating to determine a cause of the fire.

The family of one of the people who died blame the Boaz Housing Authority for what they call unsafe living conditions.

The family told WAAY 31 that 39 year old Jason Koger was just trying to stay warm.

"He didn't deserve this. He went to sleep thinking he was safe and warm. It's not right," Shawna Armstrong.

Armstrong is Koger's ex wife, but they shared a son, so the two remained close.

She told WAAY 31 that Koger's central heating and cooling unit recently went out.

"The maintenance man went in and told jason to use the wall heaters. He flipped the breakers on. He neglected to tell jason about the ones on the floor. Well, jason had a couch up against it. Fire marshal said that's what started the fire. It kicked on once the floor got so cold it automatically kicks on and it caught it on fire," said Armstrong.

The state fire marshal's office is still investigating and can’t confirm the exact cause of the fire.

One of Koger's neighbors told WAAY 31 there are problems with space heaters in the government housing complex.

"I put in work orders for the ones on the bottom, because they kick on by themselves and it's actually almost caught my sons bed on fire, because it was so hot," said Amanda Simmons.

Simmons said her requests for maintenance have not be answered by the Boaz Housing Authority.

"I've lived here almost six years and I put that in three years ago," said Simmons.

The Boaz Housing Authority told WAAY 31 it wont comment about any of the space heaters in the neighborhood until the investigation into this fire is completed by the state fire marshal's office.

In the mean time, Armstrong and her family said they're going to keep it together through this tragedy by holding onto one thing.

"The good lord, faith," said Armstrong.

WAAY 31 asked the Boaz Housing Authority about the smoke detectors in the house, but they again refused to comment until the investigation is complete.

Click to Submit Photo

 

 

Huntsville
Overcast
67° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 67°
Florence
Overcast
68° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 68°
Fayetteville
Overcast
68° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 68°
Decatur
Overcast
66° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 66°
Scottsboro
Overcast
73° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 73°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 155915

Reported Deaths: 2674
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson23129377
Mobile16849315
Tuscaloosa10296140
Montgomery10197197
Madison928096
Shelby733863
Baldwin663769
Lee653465
Calhoun456761
Marshall438150
Etowah426551
Houston414834
Morgan412035
DeKalb338829
Elmore320053
St. Clair292542
Limestone284230
Walker277292
Talladega265335
Cullman244024
Lauderdale226242
Jackson214915
Franklin205231
Autauga204831
Colbert200532
Russell19443
Blount192525
Chilton186932
Dallas186527
Coffee176311
Dale175151
Covington174029
Escambia172530
Chambers135044
Clarke134317
Pike133513
Tallapoosa131787
Marion107629
Barbour10319
Marengo100822
Butler100740
Winston92213
Geneva9007
Lawrence85032
Pickens84718
Bibb82814
Randolph82316
Hale76730
Washington74412
Clay74112
Cherokee73314
Lowndes70928
Henry7086
Bullock64817
Monroe64610
Crenshaw60630
Perry5896
Fayette57413
Wilcox56712
Conecuh56113
Cleburne5568
Macon53420
Lamar4905
Sumter47221
Choctaw39012
Greene34216
Coosa2033
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 244087

Reported Deaths: 3100
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby35753562
Davidson31206336
Knox1256189
Hamilton11618108
Rutherford11611112
Williamson697156
Sumner5948109
Wilson462956
Putnam440356
Montgomery411555
Out of TN389635
Madison374079
Sullivan365346
Bradley355823
Washington338850
Sevier332821
Blount330936
Maury321837
Unassigned29539
Robertson258941
Hamblen244548
Tipton232222
Dyer218930
Gibson213043
Hardeman186433
Coffee185323
Trousdale17687
Obion174121
Greene168451
Bedford168120
Fayette166723
Anderson166614
Dickson164819
McMinn161535
Loudon161211
Cumberland159525
Wayne15917
Lawrence158719
Jefferson153720
Carter152932
Weakley152325
Monroe144328
Warren142510
Lauderdale142317
Henderson140226
Hardin137919
Macon132425
Roane12857
Franklin127819
Haywood127227
Overton121316
Hawkins118825
White117514
Johnson11327
Carroll113025
Marshall11269
McNairy111227
Rhea109317
Cheatham104111
Cocke103514
Bledsoe10114
Campbell100011
Smith98413
Lake9833
Giles95135
Fentress90811
Lincoln8803
Crockett83320
Henry78110
Hickman77915
Marion7479
Chester72514
DeKalb72517
Decatur65511
Grainger6034
Grundy55311
Union5383
Claiborne5186
Polk50313
Jackson4525
Humphreys4404
Morgan4357
Benton4139
Houston40917
Cannon4082
Unicoi4043
Clay40113
Lewis3852
Scott3745
Sequatchie3422
Stewart32010
Meigs3076
Perry2912
Pickett2727
Moore2652
Van Buren2051
Hancock1173

Community Events