A trailer located off of U.S. Highway 75 near the Georgia state line caught fire on Thursday, Dec. 18, resulting in five fatalities.

Cartersville, Henagar and the Tri-Community Fire Departments responded to the scene. DeKalb County Sheriff's Office deputies and the Ider Police Department also responded to assist. The trailer was fully involved when firefighters arrived on the scene.

Firefighters discovered the fatalities inside the structure while dousing the flames. The remains were transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville for an autopsy.

According to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, the victims included Cody Alexander Dove, 27; Kayla Jackson, 26; Kaylon Stotts, 4; Jaycee Stotts, 3; and Harley Stotts, 18 months.

The incident is currently under investigation by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, Alabama Fire Marshals, and Jacksonville State University Center for Applied Forensic Sciences, DeKalb Sheriff Nick Welden said.

"I'd like to ask for the community to pray for the family in the wake of this tragic incident,” Welden said. “It's especially tragic when the loss involves young children. I'd also like to ask for patience when it comes to this investigation.

"When such a great loss of life occurs, we must be thorough in handling the aftermath.” he continued. “We owe it to this family to provide answers, especially when children are lost. We'll update with more information as the investigation progresses.”

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