Scottsboro Fire Chief Gene Necklaus and Jackson County EMA Director Paul Smith gave an update Tuesday morning on the aftermath of the marina fire at the Jackson County Park. The number of confirmed fatalities remains at eight.
Officials are cautiously confident in that number but continue to be thorough and diligent with each vessel removed to ensure all victims are accounted for. Identification of the victims may take some time, and names will be released from the Alabama State Fire Marshal’s office when available.
There are two investigations beginning conducted simultaneously. The US Coast Guard is conducting an investigation with the assistance of the NTSB. The Alabama State Fire Marshal is conducting their cause determination investigation with the assistance of the ATF.
As vessels are removed, they are begin stored at a secure off-site location to preserve any evidence pertinent to the investigation.
Alabama Department of Environmental Management is coordinating with the US Environmental Protection Agency in monitoring the water quality and any contaminants released. Water quality testing is being done both on-site and downstream.
Due to a shift in the current, some 3000 feet of additional boom has been deployed to contain any spills.
The lake surrounding the incident site is being patrolled by ALEA to restrict any unofficial boat traffic; this is necessary to both preserve the scene and control the potential spread of any contaminants.
Officials continue to ask that citizens avoid the area as the operation continues, and they also ask that everyone remember the victims, families, and responders in their thoughts.