One dead in early morning fire in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – An early morning fire has claimed the life of a person at a Birmingham apartment complex.

The fire broke out around 2:00 a.m. at the Sandpiper Apartments off Valley Avenue. A person was found dead inside one of the units.

One tenant says she smelled the fire and she and her daughter ran out of the apartment to alert their neighbors.

"My daughter came home and she woke me up and we got the rest of the neighbors up. We said 'fire' and they came outside," said resident Claudia Cooper. "Thank God, my daughter came home. She said 'Mom, get up out of here' and I thank God."
There is no word on what caused the fire. Officials have not yet identified the victim.

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