After nearly 40 years, the Styx River Volunteer Fire Department continues to serve as the focal point of the community and is a family tradition for its volunteers.
“My son and my grandson, along with their families, are now part of the department,” said Hubert Dunbar. “We just voted five young people into our junior program who are sons and daughters of our members.”
The fire department began in 1980, Dunbar says, out of a need to serve the community.
“One of our neighbors home caught fire and all we could do was stand there and watch it burn,” he said. “We just thought, ‘if we only had one truck with a water tank, we could have done something.’”
News 3 has confirmed the Chambers County Sheriff's Office arrested 62-year-old Dorothy Sledge on Tuesday, Feb. 20th. She is charged with Arson, 2nd degree after a fire at her Valley home back in October of 2017.
Her arrest stems from a grand jury indictment. The Alabama Attorney General's Office confirms to News 3, Dorothy Seldge is the wife of 64-year-old Roland Sledge, a former Assistant District Attorney with Chambers County. Roland Sledge has already been arrested for Arson, 2nd degree in the same fire.
As News 3 has reported, Roland Sledge was charged with Arson in the 2nd degree on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018.
Firefighters and sheriff's deputies were on the scene of a vehicle fire in Hazel Green Wednesday morning.
Two cars collided in the 300 block of Manley Road around 7 a.m., responders at the scene said. The vehicles were on the side of a road when they caught on fire.
Alabama State Troopers said one of the drivers lost control of her vehicle on the curve, hitting the car going in the opposite direction and sending both cars into a ditch.
Nobody was hurt in the wreck, but the driver of one of the cars told WAAY 31 he saw the fire starting on the driver side of his vehicle as he climbed out on the passenger side.
Firefighters put out the flames on the vehicles and in the ditch around the wreck.
WAAY-TV ABC 31 Huntsville