2 girls rescued after roof collapses on them in Birmingham

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Two young girls have been rescued after a roof collapsed while they were visiting their grandparents in Birmingham.

Birmingham police Lt. Sean Edwards tells media outlets that the 5-year-old and 8-year-old girls are expected to recover, despite having suffered serious injuries upon being trapped among the rubble on Thursday afternoon.

Fire Chief Brady Johnson says first responders rescued the girls within about 10 minutes by removing the debris, brick by brick.

According to AL.com, Officer Russell Wallace was one of the police officers inside. He said they saw the younger girl partially buried beneath rubble, bricks, nails and roofing materials. She was screaming and crying.

The first responders talked to her to help calm her while they dug her out. Some of them dug with their bare hands.

Wallace called the dramatic rescue part of a police officer’s “everyday line of work.” He said, “I just call it doing my job.”

Sgt. Frank Alexander says the girls were both responsive when they left for the hospital.

The cause of the collapse is still under investigation.