DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — According to Houston County Coroner, Robert Byrd, an autopsy will be performed on 79-year-old Kate Baxter’s body.

At this time, Byrd said her remains are being transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for examination.

Byrd tells WDHN that they are trying to determine if Baxter’s cause of death was due to the fire itself, a fall due to a fire, or cardiac issues were the primary cause of her death. He said tests should be completed within the next two days.

Stay with WDHN News as we continue to follow this developing story.


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The family of a Dothan woman is mourning the loss of a loved one after an apartment fire led to her death.

Family members are still at a loss for words as they begin to process losing their loved one who died in an apartment fire early Monday morning.

Around 3:15 a.m., first responders received a call about heavy smoke and flames coming from the Grace Terrace Apartments on Headland Avenue.

A Dothan police officer was the first to arrive at the scene and saw that the second-story apartment was completely engulfed in flames.

The Dothan woman, her daughter, and two grandkids were all inside the apartment at the time of the fire. When her daughter jumped out of a two-story window along with her young children to save their lives.

They were the only ones to make it out.

“God is good all the time but she couldn’t make it out but she is going to a better place,” son-in-law of deceased, Benny Corbitt said. “I hate that this happened. That’s my mother-in-law. She’s gone on to heaven now. Thank you, lord. Take care of her. She’s going to be missed. In the name of Jesus.”

According to family members, the cause of the fire was due to an electrical issue, but this is still an ongoing investigation. Stay with WDHN for all of the latest updates.