Victim of Friday house fire
The “Earle house” on Jack Springs Road
By JOSH FRYE
News Staff Writer
An Atmore resident, Evelyn Glen Akers, 73, has passed away after being pulled from a late Friday evening (April 23) blaze by firefighters at a home located at 2902 Jack Springs, known to the community as the Earle home.
Atmore fire crews were dispatched just after 6:30 p.m. on Friday, to serve as mutual aid support and Poarch Creek Tribal Fire Department took over the scene as the lead agency. In addition, ASAP Ambulance, Atmore and Poarch Creek Tribal Police also responded and assisted. Crews were on scene more than four hours and traffic was halted on Jack Springs Road while crews fought back the blaze.
Mrs. Akers was pulled from the burning home by Atmore and Poarch firefighters and administered life saving measures by both departments and ASAP before being transported to a nearby hospital.
According to Mrs. Akers’ sister, LaTongia Tucker, Mrs. Akers succumbed to her injuries early Monday, April 26.
According to Ms. Tucker, Mrs. Akers recently returned to her hometown to help care for her aging parents after living and working in Harrisburg, Penn. as a highly respected educator for over 30 years. She was well loved and highly respected throughout her family and community.
Ms. Tucker said that just nine months ago, the family lost another sister after a long, hard-fought battle with Lupus, and their father, Jethro Dailey, a well-respected veteran of World War Two, who passed away from coronavirus complications. The family laid both to rest on the same day. Following their deaths, Mrs. Akers helped fill the shoes as the family leader and oldest sibling.
The Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office is still actively investigating and no other details on the fire were provided by local agencies.
Mrs. Akers’ family continues to ask for prayer at this time.