Firefighters battling roof fire at downtown Birmingham building
By Ben Culpepper
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Firefighters are currently battling a 3-alarm roof fire at a downtown Birmingham building.Birmingham Fire and Rescue crews were called to the fire at a multi-use building located between Morris Avenue and 1st Avenue North around 3 p.m. ABC 33/40 SkyCam video captured flames and smoke billowing from the roof of the building, which is home to 20 lofts and commercial space on the first floor. All residents and tenants were safely evacuated, and within 45 minutes, firefighters had extinguished the blaze.Included in those evacuated was a mother who was nursing her three-week-old baby when the fire broke out. Fortunately, the woman and her newborn were taken to safety just moments before the ceiling of her loft collapsed.ABC 33/40 SkyCamCrews are still at the scene checking for hot spots.According to Battalion Chief William Fields, the fire may have started near the building's elevator, though, the cause remains unknown at this time.Reporter Candace Sweat will have the latest on this story on the news at 6 and 10 p.m.
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