PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA)- It's been nearly two months since a fatal fire in the Eight Mile community claimed the lives of three people and we still don't know exactly what happened that night.
Since then, FOX10 News Investigates filed open records requests with the City of Prichard, asking for the report from that deadly fire. To this day, the city hasn't even acknowledged that it received our request.
The fire was a tragedy. A father, Michael Allen and his two teenage step-daughters, Maynora Smith and Nahriah Hughs, high school students at Blount, were killed in their home on Weisbrod Ave.
The very next day, FOX10 News started investigating the cause. We uncovered a department that was understaffed and lacked proper or enough equipment. The mayor and city council agreed and said they're still in the process of buying new fire trucks.
In the midst of that battle, FOX10 News Investigates continuously asked the city for the fire report.
Here's a timeline of how FOX10 News Investigates has been working to get you the information:
- The deadly fire occurred on September 23rd.
- Two days later, FOX10 News Investigates filed an open records request with the City of Prichard to obtain the fire report.
- About a month later, when our requests still were not fulfilled, our legal team got involved asking the city to respond to our open records request.
- So far, still not a word from Prichard city officials.
We're not giving up though. We've also filed an open records request with the Alabama State Fire Marshall's Office. No word on that request either.