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One dead in fire

By Nick Hiltunen
Published in News on April 9, 2009 1:46 PM

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Firefighters go over the scene of a fatal mobile home fire early Thursday morning on Camp Trailee Road in the Brogden community. Three people were inside the home, but only two escaped, officials said.

DUDLEY -- A 26-year-old man died in a fire early this morning that also completely destroyed a Camp Trailee Road home in the Brogden community, authorities say.

Dennis "Allen" Anderson Jr., 26, had been visiting Lisa Joy Hood, the occupant of the home, Sheriff's Office Capt. Tom Effler said. Anderson died in the blaze, while two others made it out without severe injury, Effler said.

Effler said Ms. Hood and another man, Adam Outlaw, said they believed Anderson was behind them as they tried to escape the smoke and flames.

"The information we received was that they saw him (Anderson) behind them when they were going out, but when they got out, they couldn't see him (any) more," Effler said.

The home at 319 Camp Trailee Road was situated among other homes near the end of the long, dead-end dirt road off Genoa Road.

The on-call investigator, Detective Tammy Odom, responded to the scene around 6 a.m.

Ms. Odom and other investigators were waiting for the State Bureau of Investigation to arrive later this morning, as firefighters put out the last of the "hot spots" just after 8 a.m.

Volunteer firefighters from the Mar-Mac, Arrington and Dudley departments responded to the fire, which left the home little more than a pile of ashes.

Mar Mac Fire Chief Bill Harrell said when he arrived around 5:40 a.m., the fire had already destroyed most of the home.

"It was totally involved. It had already fallen in when I got here. It'd been burning a while, and it's way back way back off the road. It must have been burning a long time before they called it in," Harrell said.

He said pumper trucks took at least 10 trips to a nearby hydrant to fully extinguish the fire.

The chief said the flames were already so intense that there was little firefighters could do except douse the home with water.

Effler said it is standard procedure to call in the State Bureau of Investigation in residential fires that involve a death.

The captain said the state bureau will assist with investigating the fire's cause.