UPDATE: Oxford fire victims identified by Calhoun Co. Coroner

Oxford fire victims identified
Published: Jun. 20, 2023 at 8:46 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 21, 2023 at 8:56 AM CDT
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OXFORD, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: The Calhoun County Coroner’s office confirmed Wednesday the victims’ identities.

81-year-old Thomas Lee Terry and 52-year-old Jimmy George Smiley were the two men killed in the deadly fire. The men’s bodies have been sent to a forensic lab in Huntsville for autopsies to be done.

The two men are related, but the coroner’s office is not yet sure how.

Original Story: Oxford firefighters say two men died in a fire early Tuesday morning.

Oxford’s Fire Chief Gary Sparks said the men are ages 81 and 52.

The Oxford Fire Department said the fire happened on 24 Main Street.


The call came in around 1:56 a.m. Firefighters were able to rescue an 8-year-old girl. She was taken to Children’s of Alabama.

Three other people were taken to Regional Medical Center in Anniston where they were treated and released.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Alabama State Fire Marshal’s office with assistance from Oxford Fire Department and Oxford Police Department.

We will update this story when more information becomes available.

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