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2 dead, 1 injured in Cullman County camper fire

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The Cullman County Sheriff's Office says that two people are dead and one injured after a camper fire.

Cullman deputies received a call around 11:21 a.m. Friday that a camper was on fire at the Cullman Camp Ground off Highway 157.

Two men, 51-year-old Irwin Delain Owens and 54-year-old William Randall Mills, escaped the camper. They were taken to UAB for treatment where Owens later passed away. Mills remains at the hospital but his condition is unknown.

But deputies say that 58-year-old Sandra Lynn Mills, Owens' sister, was unable to get out and perished at the scene.

Neighbors say they tried to help the men.

"By the time I got up here one man was lying on the ground. He was on fire so I took my shirt off. He was unconscious so when I started beating him out," Mike Barker said.

The sheriff says there appears to have been an argument inside the trailer and investigators suspect this was a domestic incident. Sheriff Mike Rainey says the Mills had come to visit Owens and that neighbors called 9-1-1 to report an explosion and the subsequent fire.

He says it appears an accelerant was used to start the fire.

"We had the state fire marshal and folks from the [Bureau of] Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco and Firearms there to help us with the investigation and they determined that an accelerant was used in the initial starting of the fire," said Rainey.

Barker and another neighbor, Jerry Jordan, say they aren't worried so much about how this happened but rather how they could have done more.

"I wish I could have done more for Mr. Owens. I'm sorry that he passed away after they medivac'd him. I wish I could have done more for her too if I'd just known," said Barker.

Sheriff Rainey said the case is still under investigation.

Reporter Vanessa Araiza is gathering more information on this case and will have reports during FOX6 News at 9 and 10.

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