Alabama News

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Blocked crossings raise concerns for medics in Sheffield

Frustration in the Shoals, could end up being the difference between life and death. Right now first responders are dealing with train blockages at Montgomery and Atlanta Street in Sheffield. Sometimes these blockages can last for at least 10 minutes, which can be the difference when only seconds matter. In attempt to avoid this potentially deadly situation the city was forced to add a second fire station on the other side of the tracks, Which is costing them money. Also six more EMS stations were added. “The best solution for us would be for the railroad company if possible is have those trains stopped before reach the Montgomery crossing or the Atlanta crossing,” said Bruce Carson, Shoals EMS Director. Sheffield has also been forced to add a second fire station since every second counts.

Woman dies 3 days after bed catches fire in east Jefferson County home

An east Jefferson County woman died early Monday, three days after her bed caught fire at her Pinson-area home. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Debra Kay Mott. She was 54. Center Point firefighters and Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies responded to Mott’s home in the 4500 block of Spearman Road about 1:47 a.m. Friday. Fire officials said the blaze was contained to Mott’s bed, and appears to be accidental. Mott was taken to UAB Hospital, where she was pronounced dead Monday at 1:11 a.m.

Father, son survive fire after truck crashes into Mobile County, DIP gas pump

VIDEO: At approximately 3:23 hours, Mobile Fire-Rescue Department companies were dispatched to the Exxon/Clark Convenience Store at 1725 Dauphin Island Parkway for reports of a fuel pump on fire. Callers reported that a pick-up truck struck a fuel pump and caught fire. Upon arrival on scene, the crew of Engine 16 confirmed a vehicle fire at a single fuel pump. Fire personnel quickly began fire attack operations to suppress flames and secure the area. The fire was contained to the single fuel pump and vehicle without any extension. No injuries have been reported from the incident, and an investigation is underway to determine how the accident happened.
WKRG-TV News 5 Mobile

Fire destroys Montgomery County home

VIDEO: Fire Rescue officials say a fire destroyed a home in Montgomery. According to Capt. Jason Cupps, the fire happened Monday night in the 3500 block of Norman Bridge Road. When firefighters arrived at the home, flames could be seen and power lines were arcing. A WSFA 12 News photographer captured video of the fire showing flames shooting through the roof of the home. Investigators are working to find out what may have caused the fire.
WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery

Fort Morgan Fire Rescue volunteers patrolled beach to warn of continued rip current risk

VIDEO: Single red flags were posted along Alabama beaches. This, after four straight days of double red flag conditions where no swimming was allowed. The surf had calmed considerably, but there was still a high risk of rip currents. Volunteers with Fort Morgan Fire Rescue spent the day patrolling the beaches and warning people of those risks. “We still have high rip currents today, so you guys be careful. If you go in the water, don’t go out deep,” a volunteer said to a visiting family. For the fifth day in a row, Fort Morgan Fire Rescue volunteers hit the beach hoping to keep people safe. Warning signs along Fort Morgan Road continued to flash with high rip current risk warnings.
WALA- MyFox Gulf Coast

Monday, July 15, 2019

1 in serious condition after overnight house fire in north Birmingham

VIDEO: One person was injured in an overnight house fire in north Birmingham Sunday. Firefighters responded to a house fire call in the 1900 block of 19th Terrace N around 12:17 a.m. and they arrived to find a house engulfed by flames and a man inside. Birmingham Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Sebastian Carillo said the man was rescued from the burning home and taken to the hospital, where he's listed in "serious condition." Carillo said there were no smoke alarms in the house. The cause of the blaze is unknown at this time.

Communication Board discusses volunteer ambulance responsibilities in Dothan

One discussion the board focused on was who is responsible for dispatching volunteer ambulances. E-911 Director Holly Britain says it’s up to the 911 center to see that the proper agency is responding. If the initial volunteer agency is not available then the 911 center and not the agency dispatches a secondary unit. Britain says that helps maintain a quick and consistent line of response. "It comes from the 911 agency so it’s not coming from being flip-flopped between volunteers in the area," she says. It was also suggested that the five volunteer EMS providers develop an organization similar to the volunteer firefighters association that can coordinate with dispatchers.
WTVY-TV CBS 4 Dothan

Montgomery Fire responds to 2-alarm house fire on Meriwether Circle

Montgomery Fire/Rescue Capt. Jason Cupps says no one is hurt after crews responded to a house fire in Montgomery Friday evening. Cupps said fire personnel responded to a two-alarm fire involving a two-story house in Meriwether Circle. According to Cupps, units saw flames breaking through the roof. Crews advised the flames spread quickly throughout the attic and second floor due to high winds. Crews deployed a defensive attack at first, utilizing an elevated master stream. A second alarm was dispatched as Cupps says crews were needed for manpower and multiple points of attack. Crews were able to contain the fire to the second floor and attic area. All civilians were accounted for. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
WSFA-TV 12 News

Fire destroys vacant home in Mobile County

PHOTO: An early morning blaze lights up the darkness in Citronelle. Citronelle Fire Rescue posted some impressive fire images Saturday morning. According to a Facebook post, Citronelle Fire Rescue crews were assisting Oak Grove firefighters at about 2 Saturday morning. They described it as a “fully involved” mobile home fire. They said the home was vacant and no one was hurt.
WKRG-TV News 5 Mobile

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