House Fire Claims One Life

A house fire at 4321 County Highway 48 in Marion County Tuesday at 4:40 a.m. took the life of Kevin Pickens, age 40. His wife Leigh and 9-year-old child managed to escape the early morning fire. Haleyville, Bear Creek, and the newly formed Craft Fire Departments responded and quickly extinguished the fire. Reportedly, the fire started in the kitchen area but the actual cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal. This was the first official call for the Craft Fire Department which will be responding along with Haleyville to all calls in the newly designated Craft fire area until December 31. On January 1, Craft will be primarily responsible for its designated area on Thorn Hill Road, Highway 129, and parts of County Highway 48 and Highway 241.