Alabama News

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Cullman Fire Chief Edward Reinhardt reflects on 40 years of service

At the end of this month, Cullman Fire Rescue (CFR) Chief Edward Reinhardt will retire after 40 years of service. The Tribune caught up with him in the department’s new headquarters at the newly-completed Fire Station 3 on Cullman’s north side to talk about his career and the growth of Cullman’s emergency services. Reinhardt was born and raised in the area, a third generation Cullmanite whose grandparents were among the original immigrant families who came from Germany to settle Cullman. He attended the now consolidated Kelley School and graduated from Vinemont.
Cullman Sense

Two injured in massive pallet fire in north Montgomery

An investigation is underway following a massive fire Wednesday in an industrial area in north Montgomery that injured two people, including a firefighter. According to a release from Montgomery Fire/Rescue Sgt. O.J. Whiting, Montgomery Fire/Rescue the three-alarm blaze in the 1500 block of Furnace Street left one man with non-life-threatening burns. He was treated on the scene. One firefighter also was treated for a heat-related injury. "Units were dispatched at about 3:10 a possible commercial structure fire. Upon arrival, units found heavy smoke and flames coming from a six-acre lot of pallets. Upon initial response, MF/R crews reported a second alarm due to the heavy fire load.
Montgomery Advertiser

Update: Victim in suspicious Morgan County fire identified

Authorities continue to investigate a fire that happened in the Ryan community near Joppa early Tuesday. Around 2 a.m., Tri County and Rock Creek Fire Departments responded to a fire at a mobile home on the corner of R Ryan Drive and Apple Grove Road in the Ryan community of Morgan County. The Morgan County coroner confirmed one person was killed in the fire. The victim was identified as Kimberly Faye Lamons. She died of smoke inhalation. The state fire marshal's office was called in to help investigate because the fire was deemed suspicious. Crews battled the fire into the morning hours but were unable to save the home.
WAFF-TV NBC 48 Huntsville

Firefighters respond to Prichard house fire

Firefighters are at the scene of a fully engulfed house fire on Lucky Way in Prichard. Flames were shooting from the house when firefighters arrived around 4 a.m. on Thursday. Firefighters at the scene tell News 5 the house was abandoned and no one was inside when it caught on fire. Fire investigators are at the scene working to determine what caused the fire.
WKRG-TV News 5 Mobile

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Dothan’s first female firefighter laid to rest after battle with cancer

Dothan’s first female firefighter was laid to rest Tuesday. Vickey Bristow died Saturday. According to fire officials, she had battled cancer. She first joined the department in 1993 and worked until her retirement in 2012. Fire agencies from across the Wiregrass and Georgia gathered for a silent funeral procession in her honor from Headland to her hometown of Columbia, where her funeral service was held. “Firefighter Bristow did so much in her community with Columbia Rescue and all the volunteer agencies you saw represented in the procession. It was really an outpouring from all of those communities that she volunteered in and helped,” said Dothan Fire Chief Chris Etheredge.
WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery

Mobile-Fire Rescue: 1 dead in Seminole Street residential fire

and flames visible from a guest house. MFRD firefighters found a white male deceased in tA man was found dead Wednesday morning in a residential fire on Seminole Street in Mobile. Mobile-Fire Rescue units responded to the 200 block of Seminole Street shortly before 7 a.m. for reports of smoke and flames visible from a guest house. MFRD firefighters found a white male deceased in the guest house, said the department's public information officer, Steven Millhouse. The fire department says the 51-year-old man lived in the guest house.he guest house, said the department's public information
WALA MyFox Gulf Coast

One person hurt in Huntsville apartment fire

Huntsville firefighters are working to determine the cause of a fire at a Huntsville apartment building. The fire happened around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Governors House Apartments on Governors House Drive, just west of Jordan Lane. According to Huntsville Fire and Rescue, no one was transported to the hospital, but four of the 16 aparment units have fire damage. Officials said they don't know if more units will be displaced. Authorities said a fire occured at the apartment complex about a month ago.
WAAY-TV ABC 31 Huntsville

Shelby County: Driver rescued after car runs under 18-wheeler on Hwy 280 EB

Birmingham Fire crews have cleared the scene of a multi-vehicle crash on Hwy 280 EB at Grandview Parkway. A car went under an 18-wheeler and trapped the driver Wednesday morning. Fire crews managed to remove the roof of the car and remove the driver, who walked away from the scene with the assistance of firefighters. The crash closed three Eastbound lanes and caused significant delays in the area. All lanes are now open.
WJSU-TV ABC 33/40 Anniston

’Sound the Alarm, Save a Life’ campaign continues in Montgomery

Volunteers with the American Red Cross will go door to door Tuesday in Montgomery making sure every home in the neighborhood has a working smoke alarm. It’s part of the "Sound the Alarm, Save a Life" campaign which is bringing, and installing, smoke alarms to any home that needs one. Every Day in the United States, seven people die in home fires. And in most of those cases, the homes did not have a working smoke alarm. So this program is not only giving away smoke alarms for free, Red Cross volunteers will actually go door to door to check your home's smoke alarm.
WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery

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