Fire Destroys Birmingham Business

Birmingham, Al (WBRC)-  A fire ran through a business in Birmingham at the corner of 18th street and 22nd Avenue, just down from I-65 Finley Avenue exit.

The fire was reported to 911 by a passerby just before 11:00 p.m. Wednesday night.  Birmingham Fire Captain Melvin Brown said when the first units arrived they found the building fully involved with flames and spreading through wooden palletes on the property.

Brown confirmed an explosion at one point was possibly from a propane tank connected to a forklift.  He said the forty firefighters on the scene were in defensive mode trying to contain the fire to the property.

Captain Brown could not confirm if anyone was in the buildings because the fire and smoke were too intense for anyone to check the buildings.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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