Alabama – At least five people died as flames consumed a marina full of house and recreational boats in far northeast Alabama early Monday, authorities said.
Three others are missing after the fire destroyed 35 vessels at Jackson County Park, along the Tennessee River, in Scottsboro, Alabama, about 100 miles northeast of Birmingham and 40 miles east of Huntsville, officials said.
“We have five bodies at this time,” Jackson County Coroner John David Jordan told NBC News.
Scottsboro firefighters and Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the blaze, which was reported at 12:30 a.m., officials said.
The park on the Tennessee River includes hiking trails, cabin rentals, spots for recreational campers, docks and KC’s BBQ, a restaurant that’s been turned into a command post for first responders.
“This is a mecca for bass fishing and people come here from far and wide,” said former Jackson County Emergency Management director Mike Ashburn, volunteering with his old agency Monday.