Investigation into suspicious fire at North Birmingham duplex

Birmingham police and firefighters are investigation what is being considered a suspicious fire at a duplex near the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport. Firefighters say a witness told them someone was seen outside the duplex at the intersection of 50th Street and 16th Court North just before a fire started this morning.

The call went out at 11:30 a.m. When firefighters{}arrived, flames were coming out of the side of the building. Investigators say it appears as if the fire started in the front room and kitchen.

No one was home at the time.

There is heavy smoke and water damage to the unit where the fire started.