“There’s a fire every day in Ensley, it seems,” said a neighbor who declined to identify herself.
The Birmingham Fire Department confirms six “set fires” in Ensley since January 1st. Since last year, that number reached 30.
“We don’t know if it’s another arsonist, accidentally set or someone trying to get rid of old property,” Captain Bryan Harrell said about the most recent fires.
Harrell urged people who live in the community to be watchful and call if they see anyone suspicious near abandoned houses.
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Much of the discussion at the Tuesday, Jan. 17 meeting of the Silverhill Town Council centered around the town’s volunteer fire department.
It was announced during the meeting that the town’s fire chief, Gary Patrick, who has served nearly four decades in that capacity, had taken a voluntary leave of absence. Reasons for the leave of absence were not discussed during the meeting.
“He has not resigned and we have not received any letter expressing his desire to resign,” said fire department volunteer George Watters.
The Gadsden Civil Service Board promoted five fire department employees during a meeting Tuesday afternoon. Joey Dalrymple and Kelly O'Bryant were promoted from driver to commander.
Kyle Payne, Micah Nance and Jason Winstead were promoted from firefighter to driver.
The promotions will be effective Feb. 3.
A funeral service for three Opelika children killed last week in a mobile home fire is set for Friday, while one of their two siblings still in a Birmingham hospital is showing signs of improvement.
Keiyonna Core, 9, is “improving daily” and was removed from a ventilator earlier this week, a family member told the Opelika-Auburn News.
Bryson Core, 3, “is still fighting” for his life and remained on a ventilator Wednesday morning.
A Robertsdale woman lost everything in an early morning trailer fire. It wasn’t just her home and possessions, but also her two pets.
Friends and family of Tonya Wilkins spent Wednesday, January 18, 2017 helping her recover from a devastating loss. Fire broke out around 1:00 a.m. in the front room of her trailer. Her two dogs woke her up.
“When I wake up, one dog’s whining, on dog’s barking and the flame and I see smoke and I’m trying to get the dogs out, but when Smokey’s scared, she goes under the bed and when Beanie’s scared, he goes the other direction,” Wilkins recalled
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