HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Fire and Rescue says two adults and two children are displaced after their home caught fire Sunday morning.
Huntsville Fire and Rescue district chief David Button said crews were called to Properzi Way around 2:55 a.m. and they found smoke in the chimney and a fire in the attic.
Button said the firefighter tried to get ahead of the blaze, but it grew and crews were forced to evacuate the house and fight from the outside.
A WHNT News 19 reporter counted six fire trucks at the fire, along with Huntsville Police and HEMSI.
One resident of the home told WHNT News 19 that he and his wife were having a movie night when they turned the gas fireplace on. He said after a couple of hours, they started to smell smoke and the saw sparks.
“I got up and ran into the garage and hit the breaker so that it would stop sparking because I didn’t know how bad it was,” said Alonzo White. “Then I went outside to look at the flue area and it was glowing red! I said ‘Woah, let me go get the fire extinguisher to try to put it out.’ I looked up and the soffit… it was blazing.”
White said the moment he saw the fire, he woke the kids up and everyone escaped unharmed.
The fire chief said the exact cause of the fire in under investigation and Red Cross is working with the family.