OPELIKA, Ala. (WRBL) – A deadly fire claims the lives of two Opelka sisters and their mother, devastating a family who already had close ties to another tragic day in Opelika history.
65-year-old Betty Motley Foshee, her sister 54-year-old Dawn Motley and their mother 83-year-old Ann Motley perished in the fire.
The fire happened early Thursday morning at the Piney Woods Mobile Home Park off of Fredrick Road, near Tiger Town. When firefighters arrived on the scene, smoke was coming from the home. As crews entered, they discovered three female family members inside.
“The bodies were quickly removed from the structure, and CPR was started along with other life-saving measures that were in place,” shared Opelika Fire Chief Byron Prather.
The cause remains under investigation but is not considered at this point to be suspicious.
This is the second tragedy for the East Alabama family who’s already been through so much heartbreak. Betty and Dawn were the sisters and Ann was the mother of fallen Opelika Police Officer Roger Motley.
Motley was shot and killed in 1993 while responding to a child who needed help. The community got to know the family as they attended most every Peace Officer Memorial Service in Lee County. The women were passionate about supporting law enforcement, way before ‘back the blue’ became a social media tag line.
Betty Foshee worked for the city of Opelika for several years. She also took care of her sister and mother. Betty was known to drive a black sports car with a yellow Tweety bird air-brushed on the front. Betty loved that car.
Betty, Dawn, and Ann loved and missed Roger deeply. Now, we can all hope they have reunited with their brother and son again in heaven.
When News 3 learns the cause of the deadly fire, we will share it with you. The family remains in our thoughts and prayers.