Second person dies following Cullman house fire on Tuesday

(Source: Ty Watwood/WBRC) (Source: Ty Watwood/WBRC)


A Cullman County family is mourning the loss of two women killed in an early morning house fire Tuesday.

The fire erupted on County Road 706 around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. Four people were in the home. Three managed to get out alive. Unfortunately, the fire claimed the life of Odell Bice who was in her eighties.

Another woman, Angela Hardin, died on Thursday following the fire. She was the daughter of Bice.

"A very God loving, God worshiping woman. She loved her family. She had several friends that she really loved and cared for. Just a great Christian woman," Bice’s nephew Darrell Leipert said.

The State Fire Marshall’s office and the Cullman County Sheriff’s office are still investigating the deadly blaze. The Sheriff’s Office did release the following statement Tuesday afternoon: “No suspicion of foul play at this point of the investigation. All indicators thus far lead investigators to the electrical box as an accidental fire.”

Family members came to the home, which has stood for about 57 years. Bice’s sister, Estelle Powe, says her sister was a mother to all of them.

Bice’s daughter, a niece, and her twelve-year-old son were visiting the home at the time of the fire but they managed to escape. "Her daughter is in the hospital. Her only daughter is in the hospital in the burn unit. She is 70 to 80 percent burned. We are still awaiting word on her," Leipert said.

Leipert said their family was a part of the founding families in Cullman. He says the family is thankful at least three escaped the fire, but they are having a hard time with the loss of Bice.

"She is a great lady. Good with all of her family," Leipert said.

Bice’s husband was outside of the state at the time of the fire. The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

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