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Family of victims killed in JeffCo. fire reflect on couple's lives

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James and Barbara Allman were killed in an early morning fire in west Jefferson Co. James and Barbara Allman were killed in an early morning fire in west Jefferson Co.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

The family of an elderly couple that died in a weekend house fire are trying to cope with their loss.

"Mother was our rock because her faith was stronger than anyone's I've known in my life," Sonja Todd, the daughter of Barbara Allman, said.

Monday, family members of James and Barbara Allman returned to their home in the Rock Creek Community.

The fire was massive and destroyed their home. James Allman was 90 years old. Barbara Allman was 70. The two had been married for nine years.

Todd said the two would often bicker but it was just a game with them.

"They had one of those unique loves for one another. Sometimes you might think 'I can't believe they are really married' but they would turn around and be holding hands. You can tell they really loved each other," Todd said.

The family did not learn of the fire until mid-day Sunday.

The exact cause of the Saturday night fire remains under investigation. Barbara Allman was discovered in the bedroom. James Allman was found in the bathroom. Todd does not believe either would leave the burning home without the other.

"They were godly people. They were both ready to go. When God was ready to take them they were ready to go." Todd said.

The family is still gathering. Todd's brother is coming from Dallas. No funeral plans have been made yet.

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