Four family members killed in house fire

PHELAN, AL (WBRC) - A house fire killed four people including a three year old and injured seven others in the community of of Phelan, just off Highway 31.

Killed in the fire were 3-year-old Jessica Norris, 11-year-old Nicole Allison May, 32-year-old Rita Ann Norris and 38-year-old Billy Joe Norris. Thelma Norris was airlifted to UAB Hospital, where she remains in critical condition.

Officials say the fire was likely started by a small space heater placed too close to a bed.