Police question person of interest in deadly house fire

By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 2/16/17

SUMITON — A person of interest is in police custody in connection with a deadly house fire that occurred Tuesday night in Sumiton.

The Adamsville Police Department took Ryan Glen Parker Phillips into custody at the Adamsville Wal-Mart around 8 …

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Police question person of interest in deadly house fire

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SUMITON — A person of interest is in police custody in connection with a deadly house fire that occurred Tuesday night in Sumiton.

The Adamsville Police Department took Ryan Glen Parker Phillips into custody at the Adamsville Wal-Mart around 8 a.m. Wednesday morning, Sumiton Police Chief T.J. Burnett said.

Phillips was then transported to Sumiton, where he was questioned by police. No charges had been filed against Phillips as of press time.

“From what we're gathering, this wasn't accidental. This was an intentional act,” Burnett said as he stood in front of the charred remainder of the trailer Wednesday morning.

Three people, two males and another person believed to be female, were at the trailer at the time of the fire, Burnett said.

The initial call reporting a house fire on the 200 block of Whitlow Road came in at 7:32 p.m. Tuesday. Fire Chief David Waid said the call came from 218 Whitlow Road but the actual emergency was at 253 Whitlow Road.

“One of the people had gotten out of the trailer and gone to make the phone call,” Waid said.

When authorities arrived on the scene, the trailer was completely engulfed in flames.

While the two men were able to get out, the female resident died inside the trailer.

The male resident, identified as Alton Dill, emerged from the ordeal with a small, superficial laceration on his neck. He then made statements to authorities alleging that he and the female resident had been held against their will by the second male, Burnett said.

Dill and the female resided in the trailer, according to Burnett, but the second male was reportedly an acquaintance of the two.

The deceased person’s remains were sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science to have an autopsy completed. Walker County Coroner Joey Vick couldn’t confirm the identity of the deceased, pending the results of the autopsy.

In addition to the female victim, Waid confirmed that an unnamed Sumiton firefighter had also been injured when the fire department responded to the call.

“One of the firemen fell through the floor. Part of the roof came down; it didn’t hit him. It flashed on him and burned him,” he said.

The firefighter was taken to UAB, where he is currently being treatmed for his injuries.

Burnett said Wednesday afternoon that the police department was still pursuing leads.