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Husband, father of three killed in Tipton County house fire

(WMC-TV) - A house fire killed a husband and father of three in Tipton County Friday night.

"When we pulled up, there was fire coming out of every end of the house," said Gilt Edge volunteer firefighter Shawn Needham.  "We done our best to extinguish what we could."

Needham was one of the firefighters to arrive at the house in the 2500 block of Randolph Road in western Tipton County shortly after 8:00 p.m. Friday.

Thirty-six-year-old Randall Alsbrook was killed in the fire.  He was a husband and father of three.

"We'd all heard the wife and kids were not here," said Needham.  "At the time, nobody knew about the dad for sure.  Where he was, whether or not he was with them or whatever."

Alsbrook's family lost everything in the fire, including many of their Christmas gifts.

Family members said Alsbrook had worked all night Thursday and come home Friday to get some rest before attending a Christmas gathering.

"The three kids and the wife, course she lost a husband and the kids lost their dad," said Needham.

The state fire Marshall's office is investigating the exact cause of the fire.  It is unclear whether or not there were working smoke detectors inside the house.

"We don't have a lot of structure fires like this, but whether it's one or fifty, it hits home," said Needham.

Alsbrook's family said they are mourning his loss.  They are looking to the community around them to help them get through what has turned out to be a very difficult Christmas.

Alsbrook leaves behind his wife and three children, ages 8, 5, and 3 years old.  All donations to help the family are being taken at the Oak Grove Baptist Church on Highway 59 in Covington.  Call the church at (901) 476-7259 for more information.

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