House fire kills local woman

A house fire Saturday night, May 3, claimed the life of a resident in the Belforest community of Daphne.

State Fire Marshal officials said 47-year-old Jane Mire of Daphne was killed when her home on Augustine Drive caught fire around 8 p.m.

The Belforest Volunteer Fire Department was the first to respond to the blaze around 8:15 p.m.

Michael Weston, Chief of Belforest Fire, said fire crews from Daphne, Loxley, and Spanish Fort, all came out to help put out the blaze.

Weston said when his crew first showed up, the house was already engulfed in flames, and he’s not sure how long the fire was burning before they arrived.

“From what I understand, nobody noticed it until it was called in,” said Weston.

FOX10 News also spoke with several neighbors who witnessed the fire. Many of them said the house burned very quickly for being such a new home.

“That home down there is about 90% burned,” said Sam Williams, who lives down the street, “The entire house burned. It makes you kind of wonder, what started the fire, and how did it go up so fast?”

Fire officials said the victim’s husband also lived at the home, and he was out of town the night of the fire.

FOX10 spoke with the Baldwin County Coroner. He said after a preliminary investigation, Jane Mire’s cause of death has been determined as smoke inhalation and thermal burns, but he’s still waiting on a full autopsy report.

State Fire Marshal officials do not suspect foul play at this time, but an investigation is still ongoing. We’ll let you know when officials do determine what sparked the blaze.

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