Alabama News

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Montgomery house fire under investigation

VIDEO: Montgomery Fire/Rescue is investigating a house fire that happened Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters said they responded to the blaze in the 500 block of South Hull Street just after 2 p.m. Several firefighters were on the scene working to put the fire out. Once the blaze was extinguished, firefighters conducted primary and secondary searches. No injuries were reported. There is no information on what caused the fire.
WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery

Fire at Birmingham apartment complex damages 4 units

Around 8:00 p.m., Birmingham Fire and Rescue crews responded to a fire at an apartment complex at the 1000 block of Villa Rica Ct. Birmingham Fire crews responded to the location due to reports of the roof being on fire. Four units were damaged, according to BFRS. Two were damaged by fire and smoke, and two were damaged by water and smoke. At least two of the units are a total loss, according to BFRS. Three of the apartments damaged did belong to families, but none of them were home at the time of the fire.
WBRC-TV FOX 6 Birmingham

Multiple units respond to Geneva County home fire

A home in Geneva County went up in flames Monday evening. According to information shared by the Samson Volunteer Fire Department, three of their units responded alongside units with the Coffee Spring Fire Department to a residential structure fire on October 3. Battens Fire was later requested to assist with Tanker support. Geneva Rescue, the Geneva County Sheriff’s Office, and Alabama Power were also called in to the scene as well. According to Samson Fire, no injuries were involved in the incident. An investigation is underway regarding the cause of the structure fire.
WTVY-TV CBS 4 Dothan

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Emergency crews respond to house fire in Harvest

PHOTO: Multiple fire departments responded to a house fire in Harvest Monday morning. According to Monrovia Volunteer Fire-Rescue, it responded along with the Harvest Volunteer Fire Department and the Toney Volunteer Fire Department to assist Madison Fire and Rescue. The call came in around 11:10 a.m. and the departments were able to extinguish the blaze with 5,000 gallons of water. Monrovia Volunteer Fire-Rescue reports that three cats were killed in the blaze but there were no other injuries to the crews or anyone inside. The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.
WAFF-TV NBC 48 Huntsville

Other states look to recruit Alabama’s workforce, including first responders

Other states are trying to pull from Alabama's workforce including first responders, according to statewide law enforcement associations. Some of the campaigns are running online. First responders said other public safety departments and agencies are offering incentives like bigger pay to entice other states' workforces. This isn't just happening in Alabama. David Harer is the President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Alabama. Harer said this is also happening in Tennessee. He said he's heard of first responders leaving for other agencies outside of Alabama and transferring within state. He said "and we've had people here, in Huntsville and Birmingham, that have transferred to different departments just to make more because, like I said at the end of day, it may be the job that you love but you still have to provide for your family."
WBMA-LD ABC 33/40 Birmingham

Madison Amazon Fulfillment Center evacuated again a week after first fire

On Monday night employees in the Amazon Fulfillment Center were evacuated after a fire broke out within the warehouse. This is the second time the warehouse has had a fire reported in the past two weeks. The first was a week ago today. According to an employee at the warehouse, the employees returned to work last night. “They brought us back to work with half of the warehouse closed to everyone,” the employee said. “We can still smell the smoke from last week.” Huntsville Fire & Rescue had multiple units on the scene and was asking people to avoid the area. As of 10:25 p.m. employees had been sent home to wait for the next steps. Last week when the fire broke out the employees were paid for the time out of the warehouse.
WAFF-TV NBC 48 Huntsville

Vehicle, camper fire on I-65 in Birmingham

A large vehicle and camper fire shut down three lanes of Interstate 65 in Birmingham Monday morning. Birmingham firefighters responded to the fire near the 32nd Avenue exit off of I-65 North at about 11 a.m. A large plume of thick, black smoke could be seen from miles away. It's unknown at this time if anyone was injured or how the fire started. Firefighters had the fire under control by about noon.
WVTM-TV NBC 13 Birmingham

Wildfires big concern for state’s firefighters

We have not seen any substantial rain in weeks. That’s creating concern over wildfires. The Alabama Forestry Commission says dozens of fires have burned hundreds of acres over the last week. A control burned left unattended is what caused a fire in Lee County Saturday, according to the Beauregard Fire Department. Chief Mike Holden says it burned about eight or 10 acres, a couple of storage buildings and some other farm equipment. The fire department fought another fire Sunday. That fire covered 16 acres and threatened homes. It took 1200 gallons of water to put out the fire. Holden encourages you to use caution when burning. “Make sure that someone stays with it, make sure you have a source of extinguishment a garden hose or something close by. And make sure to put your brake fan around your piles,” Holden said.
WTVY-TV CBS 4 Dothan

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