One killed in Birmingham house fire

ENSLEY, AL (WBRC) - An elderly couple's home burned overnight in Ensley, killing the woman and injuring her live-in boyfriend. It is the second fatal fire in Ensley this month.

The Fire Department says it will take a day or two before they can determine a cause, because of how badly damaged the house is and the fact that they have not been able to talk to the surviving victim because of the seriousness of his injuries.

Fire officials first got the 911 call around 11:30 Tuesday night. When they responded to 2617 Court R in Ensley, they found flames shooting from the house.

The house belonged to a couple in their seventies. The man was able to get out somehow, but the woman was not. She died inside.

The man suffered first and second degree burns and was taken to UAB Hospital.

The house has 100-percent fire and smoke damage, including a collapsed roof.
     
At this point, officials are interviewing witnesses and neighbors to see if they can shed some light on what may have happened or on just what they saw.

At this point, the fire still under investigation and it may be a day or two before they know more.

This is the second fire in Ensley in just one week's time. Just last Thursday, a 96-year-old woman and her 60-year-old daughter were killed when their house caught fire.