Alabama News

Friday, January 20, 2017

Birmingham firefighters’ vehicles targeted in recent break-ins

Investigators are searching for the thieves who broke into a half-dozen firefighters' personal vehicles at a Birmingham fire station. Someone broke into five vehicles at Fire Station 20, which is located on Avenue W near the Birmingham Crossplex and the West Police Precinct. This is the fourth time over the last few months that someone has stolen from firefighters' vehicles at the fire station, according to Birmingham City Councilor Kim Rafferty. She said Fire Station No. 20 is one of six without a security fence around the parking lot.

Mother, 2 children injured in Houston County fire

The Alabama State Fire Marshal's Office confirmed Thursday a fire in the Houston County town of Ashford is under investigation. Steve Holmes, the public information officer for the State Fire Marshal's Office, said there are no signs of foul play According to a witness on the scene, a 17-year-old mother and her two young children suffered burns in the fire. The witness said it started around midnight Thursday in a bedroom in a mobile home. The mother reportedly grabbed the children and ran out of the mobile home.
WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery

Firefighters Respond To Mobile Home Fire North Of Cedar Bluff

Cedar Bluff, Gaylesville and Centre Firefighters were called to the scene of a mobile home fire at a location off of Highway 9 North in Cedar Bluff just before 7:00 p.m. on Thursday night. Fortunately it appeared that no one was living at the home at the time of the fire, firefighters were able to quickly bring the blaze under control within a matter of minutes. The home did suffer extensive fire, smoke and water damage in the kitchen area. Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were called to the scene. An investigation is under way as to how the fire started.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Birmingham firefighters deal with more arson cases in Ensley

“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.
WBRC-TV Fox 6 Birmingham

Silverhill Council addresses concerns with fire department

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.

Five promoted in Gadsden Fire Department

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.
Gadsden Times

Update: Funeral set for 3 Opelika children lost to fire; one of two survivors ’improving daily’

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.
Opelika-Auburn News

Family dogs die in Robertsdale fire after waking owner

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
WALA MyFox Gulf Coast

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