Mobile home fire kills 3 in Pell City

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PELL CITY, Ala. (WIAT) – A mobile home fire in Pell City leaves three dead.

Deputies arrived about 2 a.m. Wednesday morning to find the home completely engulfed in flames.

Two other people in the home were able to make it out.

Thomas Devillier and his 9-year-old son Joseph were able to escape the blaze.

Unfortunately though, Thomas’s wife, 39-year-old Patricia Bressett; his 6-year-old son, Thomas Devillier Jr.; and his mother, 68-year-old Grace Devillier were not able to get out.

Currently, authorities suspect an electrical problem caused the fire.

The family originally came from Louisiana and had only been staying in the mobile home for a few months according to neighbors.

People brought food to Grace Chapel of Eden before heading out to deliver it to the husband and son who are left behind.

They are now staying with the man’s sister in the Pell City area according to church member Paula Handley.

“The church is just devastated over the loss. They were very good people. we’re just trying to do what we can do to help them get through it,” said Handley. “TJ was just the sweetest little feller. I taught them in Sunday school.”

It was a total loss they saved nothing Tommy and Joseph just barely got out of the trailer with their lives. there was nothing left.”

“It’s really been hard on the church we just need people to pray for the family,” Handley added.

One of those who brought food to deliver is Terri Galanti, a neighbor who attended church with the family.

“I woke up and looked out the window and just saw lights everywhere in my driveway,” said Galanti.

“Just just unbelief I mean just overwhelmed with grief and unbelief that you know something like this could happen. We just, you just never never know. You just don’t think about these things  especially three people- three people to just perish like that in the fire it’s just… just saddening, just… just overwhelming.”

The Red Cross is working to help the family.

“We’ve been helping them with clothes and food and medicine and we also have trained counselors that are helping them with their emotional needs and will continue to help,” said  Peggy Mann, a representative for the American Red Cross.


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