More than 100 evacuated due to fire at Five Points South apartments

More than 100 evacuated due to fire at Five Points South apartments
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Source: Hannah Stephens/Twitter
A resident is assisted by a Birmingham Fire & Rescue Service member. (Source: Judson Garner/WBRC)
A resident is assisted by a Birmingham Fire & Rescue Service member. (Source: Judson Garner/WBRC)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham fire crews responded to a three-alarm fire at a Five Points South apartment Monday afternoon. About 100 people were evacuated from the building.

Firefighters have extinguished the fire that broke out around 2:45 p.m. at the Birmingham Building Trades Towers at the corner of Magnolia Avenue and Richard Arrington, Jr. Boulevard. Smoke was seen coming out of the building's second floor.

"I heard the alarm go off and saw smoke down by the elevator," resident Linda Bentley said. "I said, "Lord, get me down to the first floor.'"

She said she took the stairs and the stairwell was also full of smoke.

"All I did was pray. That's all you can do. I tried to breath slowly, didn't want to breath a lot of smoke because I have a heart condition but I got down, got out. They gave me some oxygen. I'm fine now," Bentley said.

Crews blocked off some intersections on Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard at Magnolia Avenue and 10th Avenue South while they responded to the fire.

Emergency personnel assisted residents outside and across the street to Highlands United Methodist Church where they took shelter and received immediate medical treatment.

Fire officials say no one was badly injured but nine people suffered minor smoke inhalation and have been taken to several area hospitals. Battalion Chief C.W. Mardis says the fire was contained to a kitchen on the second floor. The exact cause is under investigation.

Mardis added that in the course of evacuating, officials found the body of a black male on the 10th floor. He said the man appears to have been deceased for several days and not related to Monday's fire. The person's name has not yet been released.

Officials say some residents are staying with family members and others have been offered shelter at Highlands United Methodist Church.

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