Alabama News

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Montgomery Taco Bell partially collapses after fire

Firefighters are working to contain a fire at a Taco Bell in Montgomery, according to Montgomery Fire Rescue officials. Sgt. O.J. Whiting says firefighters were called to the 2600 block of Zelda Road around 4:40 a.m. Wednesday. When they arrived on the scene, heavy smoke and flames could be seen coming from the building. At this time, firefighters have contained the fire to the building. Whiting did say part of the building in the back did collapse. There are no injuries to report at this time.
WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery

Florence firefighters battle elements, road conditions

When Doug Hartley left Florence Fire Station 1, he could see the smoke and flames coming from a resident on Georgia Avenue. “It was fully involved. The fire was rolling from the top to the bottom and the back to the front,” said Hartley, acting battalion chief. He said firefighters quickly started trying to get the fire under control, and then found out the house was unoccupied, abandoned. “It was boarded up, no utilities on,” Hartley said. “When you find out the structure is abandoned, you go from an aggressive approach to a defense attack,” said Florence Deputy Fire Chief Tim Anerton. “At that point, there is no property to save. You have to make sure it doesn’t spread to surrounding property. "The guys did a good job of containing (the fire).”

Unanswered questions remain in Daphne fatal house fire

Still some unanswered questions about a fatal house fire in Daphne. It happened in the 29000 block of Canterbury Road near Daphne High School Tuesday morning. One woman was killed, another woman and her son were burned. But authorities have not released the cause of the fire yet, or names of those involved until relatives are notified. Daphne Fire Chief James White said, "When they (firefighters) arrived, they found the house fully involved. There's a confirmed fatality. Two other residents in the home suffered burns. They were transported to the hospital." Neighbors said a woman received burns to her face, and her son received burns to the neck, but the woman's sister was killed. A Daphne firefighter also suffered a back injury.
WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery

Two houses burn down in Birmingham, six people get out safely

Tuesday’s freezing temperatures complicated matters as Birmingham firefighters tried to put out flames at neighboring homes in the Powderly community. The fire started at a home on Dawson Avenue Southwest around 6:30 p.m. After a moment, the blaze spread to the home next door, which had six people inside, including four children. Everyone in the second house got away safely, but firefighters told CBS 42 News that their home is destroyed. As crews worked to control the flames, they had to adjust their attack due to the cold conditions. “The temperature extremes we're experiencing caused some issues because of the water and the slipping on surfaces,” said Jeff Russell, Birmingham Fire Battalion Chief. “We had to rehab our personnel quite extensively to get warm because obviously, they're wet. So that has affected us as well."
WIAT-TV 42 News

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Daphne house fire claims a life

One person was killed and two suffered burns in a residential fire on Canterbury Road in Daphne early Tuesday morning, according to the Daphne Fire Department. As well, a firefighter was injured, said Daphne Fire Chief Bo White. Witnesses told FOX10 News it was an adult woman who died. White said firefighters arrived on scene around 2:30 a.m. to find the home fully engulfed in flames. The houses on either side of the fire-gutted residence suffered damage as well, he said.
WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery

Huntsville man dies in house fire

There are new details on a deadly house fire that happened early this morning on Huntsville's Rideout Drive Northwest. Chief Deputy Coroner Tyler Berryhill confirms 76-year-old William Arthur Lamb is the man who died in the fire. Firefighters told WAAY 31 they can't confirm what caused the fire. However, the home is a total loss. The family of William Arthur Lamb wanted privacy to grieve. Officials said the house went into flames around 1 a.m. It took firefighters 20 minutes to control the fire. First, they had to cut tree limbs so their trucks could make it to the house.
WAAY-TV ABC 31 Huntsville

Mobile search and rescue K9 on the road to recovery after hit-and-run

A local search and rescue K9 is on the road to recovery after falling victim to a brutal hit and run last week. NBC 15 sat down with K9 Nero's owner who watched it all happen. "It was shocking honestly. I kind of didn't believe it even happened,” Firefighter Ross Braswell said, adding, “It's like one of those things where you see it happen and your like, no." Braswell can't believe his 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, trained since birth to safe lives as an urban search and rescue dog, was suddenly in need of life saving treatment himself.
WPMI-TV NBC 15 Mobile

Emergency personnel gear up just in case

Russellville Fire Chief Joe Mansell said no matter what the temperature or conditions outside, when a fire call comes in, fire trucks have to roll. “We can’t wait on warmer temperatures, we have to go, and usually a lot of our runs are in colder temperatures,” Mansell said. With predications of snow, below freezing temperatures and negative wind chill temperatures, fire departments and other emergency personnel are preparing for what could be. “It’s not so much getting to a call, but what happens after you get there,” said Florence Fire Chief Jeff Perkins.

Fire destroys two-story house in Salem

Firefighters from Salem and Smiths Station worked together Monday to the douse flames that engulfed a two-story house at 417 Lee Road 735 in the Salem community. Rescuers with the Salem Volunteer Fire Department received a call about the fire around 11:30 a.m., said senior firefighter Rick Fitzgerald. Shortly after arriving on the scene, by which time flames had enveloped the home, Salem responders contacted Smith Station Fire & Rescue for backup. “The upstairs and downstairs were just fully involved,” Fitzgerald said.
Opelika-Auburn News

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