Alabama News

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Dothan hotel damaged as multiple fires erupt

VIDEO: The Dothan Fire Department responded to a call at 11:30 Tuesday morning to a structure fire at a hotel on Ross Clark Circle. Howard Johnsons by Wyndham Hotel had visible flames and smoke when the first engine arrived on scene. Firefighters went into the building to fight the flames and eventually put out the fire through one of the windows. The fire looked to be contained to the front of the building which housed the front office, lobby, and a bedroom above which is where the fire is believed to have started. It appears that the fire caused the floor to collapse. All hotel occupants were evacuated from the vicinity and no injuries have been reported. “It is difficult any time you have a day like we have been having.....or actually the past four or five days it has been pretty tough on Dothan Fire Department and all of our members but they do a remarkable job. I am proud of them,” Dothan Fire Chief Larry Williams said of his team’s efforts.
WTVY-TV CBS 4 Dothan

11 departments meet for active shooter training in Montgomery

VIDEO: Training was in session Tuesday at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex where 11 departments from Montgomery and neighboring counties met to discuss ways to prepare for a potential mass shooting. Each year, they devise a plan for a new location. For 2023,, it was aboard the Harriott II riverboat. “We have talked about different ways and mechanisms, whether it be a diesel spill, an active shooter or a fire on the boat and how our first responders can plan ahead to respond to a disaster like that,” said Montgomery EMA City/County Director Christina Thornton. “We actually, as first responders, asked EMA to kind of help address, to get all these different partners throughout the tri-county area, to get involved and see exactly what response capabilities they have,” said Sam Castanza, the assistant chief of special operations for Montgomery Fire Rescue.
WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery

Huntsville Fire & Rescue, HEMSI respond to apartment fire

Huntsville Fire & Rescue had four units on the scene of a structure fire on Tuesday afternoon. District Chief Jay Gates said the call of a fire at Chasewood Village Apartment came in at 3:16 p.m. Firefighters came within three minutes of the call and had the fire out within 10 minutes. Officials say 1-2 units were affected and at this time it is unknown if anyone was injured. HEMSI was on the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
WAFF-TV NBC 48 Huntsville

EMA: Lightning strike causes shop fire in Geneva County

Multiple crews were rushing to the scene of a shop fire in Malvern. Geneva County EMA Director Brian Smith says a shop behind a house was struck by lightning during Tuesday’s storms and caught fire. A Geneva County EMA alert states there are gas canisters and equipment in the shop. The home is located in the Malvern area at 098 County Road 68. Multiple crews from Geneva County responded to the scene. Houston County EMA had also been alerted to the situation and was responding. No injuries have been reported.
WDHN-TV ABC 18 Dothan

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Woman critically injured attempting to escape Birmingham house fire

A woman was rescued from a burning house in Ensley early Monday morning. According to the Birmingham Fire Department, crews were called to the 1000 block of 45th Street just before 1 a.m. When they arrived, firefighters found the woman hanging out of a rear window of the home while the kitchen was burning. The woman had cuts on her arms and hands. It appears the woman was trying to escape from the fire. She was taken to UAB Hospital in critical condition. A search of the house revealed that she was the only one present at the time of the fire. There were no other injuries. The case of the fire is under investigation.
WBMA-LD ABC 33/40 Birmingham

Huntsville Fire responds to house fire

VIDEO: Huntsville Fire and Rescue (HFR) was working to combat a house fire on Drake Avenue. HFR said at 4:36 p.m. that multiple units were on the scene of the fire at 902 Drake Avenue. Huntsville Assistant Fire Marshal Trent Bennett said two people have been displaced by the fire and the cause is currently under investigation. He said that three cats died during the incident.
WHNT-TV CBS 19 Huntsville

House total loss after fire in Birmingham

Birmingham Fire and Rescue crews were on the scene of a fire in the 1800 block of Avenue W in Ensley. The fire was reported shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday, March 25. Upon arrival, crews found the back of the house consumed by fire. According to BFRS, the house is a total loss. The house was unoccupied or possibly undergoing renovations according to BFRS. There are no injuries reported at this time. There has been no word on a possible cause of the fire at this time.
WBRC-TV FOX 6 Birmingham

Restaurant roof collapses in downtown Opelika, crews respond

PHOTO: The back end of a popular restaurant in downtown Opelika has collapsed due to the heavy rain. Opelika Fire Department is on scene at Niffer’s Place restaurant along South Railroad where the back part of the roof fell. Thankfully nobody was inside, and there are no reported injuries. First responders are cutting power to the building and also addressing a possible gas leak.
WRBL-TV CBS 3 Columbus

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