Alabama News

Friday, March 22, 2019

One week later, investigation continues into Birmingham Hospitality Inn fires

It has been one week since the vacant Hospitality Inn in downtown Birmingham was set on fire for a second time. Investigators have said both fires were intentional but are clarifying their original use of the term “arson.” “So an incendiary fire means that it was intentionally set. It was caused by human hands. In order to rule it as an arson, you have to prove that the person had the intent to do damage,” said Birmingham Fire Battalion Chief Sebastian Carrillo. That’s not to say it won’t be proven later, just not yet. Carrillo says the investigation is ongoing and adds he can’t say if there are any suspects. “We do want the public to know that that we are vigilant about bringing this investigation to an end,” said Carrillo. At times, three of the city’s five ladder trucks worked the fires, but Carrillo says public safety was never in jeopardy.
WBRC-TV Fox 6 Birmingham

Mobile man recovering from cardiac arrest after co-workers save his life

A Mobile man is alive thanks to the quick thinking of three of his co-workers and one life-saving tool. Murray Vinson said, "He began to stagger a little bit. He braced himself on his desk and then he just collapsed on the floor and started gasping for breath. I knew something terrible is happening to him." The men's co-worker was going into cardiac arrest. With former training through their job and the American Heart Association, they knew what to do. They pulled out their company's Automated External Defibrillator, or AED, and it told them what to do next. The Mobile Fire-Rescue Department said if the men weren't so quick on their feet, their co-worker wouldn't be alive and already recovering at home today. Fire Chief Mark Sealy said, "Having civilians that are trained and willing to do rapid intervention and CPR and use an AED, that makes a big difference."
WALA MyFox Gulf Coast

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Some Alabaster apartment buildings reopen after fire safety hazards force residents out

Good news in Alabaster as Fire Chief Tim Love says management at the Wellington Manor Apartments have worked hard to address safety issues. Folks who live in the apartments received notices several weeks ago about fire safety hazards. The fire department was out Wednesday rechecking four of the buildings after management says they fixed the safety concerns. Chief Love says the buildings passed the test and are safe to live in. Fourteen other buildings remain closed, but the fire department says the contractors are making good progress. If all goes as planned, the fire department hopes to check another five buildings Monday. Some of the apartment residents say management has not been very transparent through this process. WBRC has also not been able to get in touch with apartment complex management.
WBRC- 6 News

No injuries reported in Tuscaloosa church fire

Tuscaloosa firefighters say there are no injuries after a fire at the Mount Pilgrim Church on East 39th Street. A daycare was in session, but everyone was able to safely get out. There is no word on what caused the fire.
WBRC News 6

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