- Associated Press - Friday, April 6, 2018

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) - An apartment fire in the northeast Alabama city of Scottsboro has killed three people.

Firefighters found an apartment building filled with thick smoke after receiving a call Thursday night. Flames were coming from one unit and shooting through part of the roof.

Local media report that two women and a man died in a ground-floor unit. The victims are identified as 70-year-old Paula Garrett Smith and 43-year-old Jennifer Dawn Chapman, both of Scottsboro; and 41-year-old Bryan Keith Smith of Section.

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Authorities say four people were able to escape unharmed from another apartment.

The state fire marshal’s office will investigate, but officials say the fire appears to be an accident.

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