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8 dead in massive Alabama dock fire that destroyed 35 boats: officials

Posted: 8:14 AM, Jan 27, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-27 12:47:44-05
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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Boaters leaped into the water to escape a fire that consumed at least 35 vessels docked along the Tennessee River.

Authorities confirmed eight people were dead in the blaze.

Earlier Monday officials said seven people were sent to hospitals and seven others were reported missing. It is not clear if any of these numbers are included in the eight confirmed fatalities.

The blaze was reported shortly after midnight as people living in the boats were sleeping, and consumed the wooden dock and an aluminum roof that covered many of the vessels, cutting off escape routes and raining debris into the water.

Jackson County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Rocky Harnen tells The Associated Press that they're trying to get divers to search for possible victims.