Woman dies in early morning house fire

By Dixon Hayes

ANNISTON, AL (WBRC) - The Alabama Fire Marshal's office is investigating an early morning fire that claimed the life of a Calhoun County woman two days before Christmas.
Calhoun County Chief Deputy Matthew Wade says Miranda Davis, 28, her father and her sister all made it out of the home safely after it caught fire.  The blaze was reported around 4 a.m. at the home, which is located on Choccolocco Road in White Plains.
But then Wade says she ran back into the home to retrieve some family photographs.  He says her father went in after her, but emerged from the burning house without her.  Witnesses say they heard Miranda Davis' screams, and that was the last they ever heard from her alive.
Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown pronounced her dead on the scene.
Fire Marshal Ray Cumby tells Fox6 News there's no tentative cause of the blaze yet.  However he says the weather overnight was so cold, icicles formed on a nearby tree from fire hose water.  He says he's looking at several portable heaters and a gas heater and is looking at possibly eletrical issues as well.
As to whether Christmas lights might have cause the fire, Cumby says neither he nor the firefighters ever found anything in the rubble that resembled a Christmas tree, Christmas decorations or even presents.
The house was destroyed, as was an Oldsmobile parked in the garage.

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