Twin toddlers die in mobile home fire

Elane Jones
Posted 1/6/16

A fire that killed twin toddlers and seriously injured their father Monday remains under investigation by officials with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, Walker County Coroner’s Office and Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office.

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Twin toddlers die in mobile home fire

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A fire that killed twin toddlers and seriously injured their father Monday remains under investigation by officials with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, Walker County Coroner’s Office and Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood said his office received a call at approximately 5 p.m. Monday about a house fire on Lynn Road in the Mt. Zion community. When deputies arrived on the scene, a manufactured double-wide home was fully engulfed in flames, and firefighters from the Mt. Zion and Saragossa Volunteer Fire departments were already on the scene battling the blaze.

“Paramedics with Regional Paramedical Services in Jasper had also responded to the scene,” Underwood said. “The owner of the residence, Darrin Wayne Williams, stated he had gone to the restroom, and when he came back into the living room, he found the sofa on fire.”

Underwood said Williams told deputies he attempted to drag the sofa out the front door, but it caught on the door facing.

“Mr. Williams said he tried get back inside to push the couch through, but it was already blazing and he couldn’t get back through the front door,” Underwood said. “Mr. Williams said that’s when he ran around the house to the back door and ran back inside to get his children, a 19-month-old boy and girl, who were twins. But the house was so full of smoke that he couldn’t see or breathe. He wasn’t able to locate his children to retrieve them, and they perished in the fire.”

Williams was injured in the fire and had to be transported to Walker Baptist Medical Center by RPS.

Underwood said the children’s mother and two other siblings were in Jasper shopping at the time of the incident.

Walker County Coroner Joey Vick said he was called to the scene around 6 p.m., and the bodies of 19-month-old Kamden Williams and his twin sister, Kelsey Williams, were pronounced dead on the scene around 8:30 p.m.

“Once the firefighters extinguished the blaze, the children were located inside the home, laying side by side,” Vick said. “Their bodies have been sent to the Alabama Department of Forensics in an effort to determine the exact cause of death.”

Vick said this is typically done in the event of any explained death, especially one involving children.

Underwood and Vick both said the home was a total loss. According to Facebook posts made by family and friends on Tuesday, a GoFundMe account has been set up to help the Williams family.

Although officials said they do not suspect any foul play, the fire remains under investigation at this time.