Person found dead in fire at Birmingham apartment complex identified

Person found dead in fire at Birmingham apartment complex identified
Fire crews battle apartment fire on John Bryan Road. (Source: WBRC)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Birmingham fire crews are battling an apartment fire at Kimbrough Homes on John Bryan Road in Southwest Birmingham.

Battalion Chief Sebastian Carrillo says a body was found inside one of the units and another person was rescued.

Authorities have identified the person found dead in the fire as 39-year-old Derrick Staples.

Three units are a total loss and three others have heavy smoke damage.

Birmingham Apt. Fire

One person was found dead in an apartment fire on John Bryan Road in Birmingham Monday afternoon. -> https://bit.ly/3dVxNYy

Posted by WBRC FOX6 News on Monday, April 26, 2021

A cause of the fire is under investigation.

David A. Northern, Sr., President/CEO of Housing Authority of the Birmingham District, released the following statement:

“HABD’s Board of Commissioners, team members and I are deeply saddened to learn about the death of one of our clients. We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time. We will assist the family members who lost their loved one and those displaced with all of our resources. We have been in contact with the Mayor’s office and the American Red Cross; and our staff is working with other community partners to further assist the families. In addition, we have grief counselors on site for the family of the deceased. There are a total of 3 families that were displaced and the American Red Cross is arranging temporary housing for those families. HABD is working to transfer the displaced families to other units and, with the help of our partners, provide any further assistance that we can to ensure their needs are met.”

Kimbrough Homes is the same apartment complex where 2-year-old Major Turner was shot and killed in February.

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