Concord couple killed in fire loved each other and God

A fire killed 74-year-old Barbara and 90-year-old James Allman early Sunday morning. The Allmans were married a little more than eight years.

ABC 33/40 is working to learn more about the fire blamed for killing a Concord couple. The early morning blaze, Sunday, killed 74-year-old Barbara Allman and 90-year-old James Allman. Fire investigators were looking around the house in the 600 block of McClain drive Monday morning. The state's fire marshal has not determined what started the fire.

The jefferson county coroner told ABC 33/40 Barbara Allman called a family member who then called 911. The call is not the family's focus as the family's priority is preparing two funerals. Barbara Allman's daughter believes the smoke got the best of her mom before she realized how much was in the house.

"She could smell stuff very well. I think she woke up, smelled it, but had already inhaled too much," said Sonja Todd.

Todd is doing something, for her mom, she never thought she'd do.

"My mother could run circles around me. I thought she could out-live me. I really did. I thought she'd have to bury me,' added Todd.

Todd knew her mother and step-father, James Allman, were healthy. Mr. & Mrs. Allman married a little more than eight years ago.

"They'd just love to nit-pick at each other. Just saying like, why are you doing that Barbara? Well, James, just don't worry about it. I am just getting this up or whatever," added Todd.

Firefighters pulled both from their home on McClain Drive in Concord early Sunday. Jefferson County's coroner noted the couple's death 48 minutes later.

"I can't explain it. The sadness is going to hit me at the funeral. I know that," said Shirley Freeman, Barbara Allman's sister.

Freeman finds comfort knowing the couple knew God.

The couple's pastor reflects on the love given to and passed from the Allmans.

"This family is extremely loved in our community and church family. There are a lot of grieving people today. This family goes above and beyond to love people all around them. So, this community is hurting," said the couple's pastor, Mike Stevens.

Fire investigators lined the Allmans' house to keep people out while they continue looking for a cause. The Alabama Fire Marshal's Office has counted 16 fire deaths in the state this year. The Allman's are not yet included in the count.

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