Firefighter hurt in early morning fire

(source WBRC video)
(source WBRC video)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A firefighter was taken to the hospital Wednesday morning after getting hurt while fighting a house fire in Birmingham.

The Birmingham Fire Department said the firefighter became overheated as he was battling an early-morning blaze in Pratt City.  The firefighter was treated for the heat exhaustion and released.

The fire broke out around 4:30 a.m. in a vacant home near the intersection of 2nd Avenue and Avenue Y. Firefighters worked more than an hour to contain the blaze. An elderly woman living next door to the home had to be rescued because her house also suffered damage.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, although police say vandals have been the cause of several vacant house fires in the area in recent months.

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