HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – One person was transported to the hospital and multiple people were displaced after a fire at an apartment complex on Christmas Eve.
Huntsville Fire and Rescue had multiple units at the Malibu at Martin Apartment homes on Benaroya Lane located just south of Martin Road and west of Memorial Parkway.
It was just before 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve when neighbors reportedly saw smoke and then said fire exploded in a second-story unit.
“You’re supposed to be celebrating the birth of Christ and then somebody is losing everything. It hits home and you think, okay you know what? We are very very fortunate,” said Kathy Kirk.
Skylar Kirk was at a family member’s home when he first saw the cloud of smoke and knew something was wrong.
“I came out to help my cousin get the gifts. and I saw it wasn’t that hazy and smokey when I was out here before. My granny said it was probably just a restaurant or something but it was way too much for it just be a restaurant,” said Skylar Kirk.
He told his mom and family to come look.
“So I ran out and as I ran out, that apartment exploded! So we just took off screaming,” said Kathy Kirk.
Kathy Kirk says she started banging on doors to make sure everyone got out safely.
“The sweet little lady upstairs was barricaded in and I couldn’t get her out,” said Kathy Kirk.
A spokesperson for HEMSI says a 63-year-old woman was transported to Huntsville Hospital for smoke inhalation and is in stable condition.
Kirk says she’s thankful it wasn’t worse.
“They’ve lost so much, just if it’s even just that one unit. They’ve lost everything. And If the community could just come together and pray and help out whatever these people need let’s do it for them.”
Huntsville Fire and Rescue say that five adults were displaced and because of the high carbon monoxide levels, 8 units are currently unlivable. The cause has not yet been determined but investigators believe it started in the living room.