TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Tuscumbia Fire & Rescue crews responded to a blaze at an apartment complex off Highway 72 Saturday that left three firefighters and one resident with minor burns.
Chief of Tuscumbia Fire & Rescue David Pate said his department responded to a structure fire call at the Colonial Gardens apartment complex off Joe Wheeler Drive. The call came in at around 7:14 a.m. on Saturday.
The building that caught fire had eight apartments, but two of them were vacant according to Pate. He said one person got out of the building through a window.
Pate said one resident and three firefighters were taken to the Helen Keller hospital, but the firefighters have already been released from the hospital. He added that everyone is accounted for and there are no fatalities.
One responder said that the firefighters were getting trapped in the building while trying to control the blaze, which is why they received minor burns and had to bail out.
Crews are still on the scene as the cause of the fire is still being investigated. Pate said that TF&R will be continuing its own investigation, but he has called in the Alabama State Fire Marshall’s Office to conduct an additional investigation.
“There’s a lot of deterioration in the building, of course, this is an old building. We’ve got places that have started to collapse,” Pate said, “It’ll be at least first of the week before we get in there to determine what potentially caused it.”
Several volunteer fire departments, Sheffield Fire Department and Muscle Shoals Fire Department as well as Tuscumbia Police Department aided with the response.