MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Smoke was billowing from the roof of a second story apartment at Maison Deville Monday, October 21 as firefighters maneuvered their way through the building. While extinguishing the flames, officials said a firefighter had to leave the scene.
“We had one firefighter that received a shoulder injury. He was transported to the hospital. It was not burns but a dislocation where he was moving some furniture and heard a pop in the shoulder,” said Mobile Fire Department spokesperson Steve Huffman.
One resident said he was taking a nap when he woke up and heard sirens outside.
“What do you do if you're living here and someone says your apartment complex is on fire? I got the heck out of there,” Earl McDonald said.
Fox10 News learned the fire started in the living room near the balcony. Firefighters extinguished the blaze before it spread too far but other apartments may have damage.
“There's most likely going to be water damage in the apartment below and that's typical with a fire. It's possible there may be some smoke in the other apartments but we have not done a full assessment,” Huffman said.
“It could have been a lot worse that's for sure,” McDonald said.
Huffman said no one was home at the time of the fire and the first responder who was injured is expected to be okay.
“You can't see when it's real smokey like that it's just one of those things where it's an unfortunate part of the job people get hurt because of things like that there's not really a lot you can do to train for that situation,” said Huffman.
He said the renter is in the process of moving out and was letting a buddy stay for the night. Officials said the man is a smoker but right now, there's no evidence a cigarette what started the fire.
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