MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – On Friday, June 5th, at approximately 21:35 hours, Mobile Fire-Rescue Department companies responded to the Summer Tree Apartments at 608 Azalea Road for reports of an apartment on fire in the complex. Prior to MFRD arrival, callers advised that a tenant was potentially trapped inside of the building.
Officials say Engine 19 was the first company to arrive and advised that flames and smoke was visible in an upstairs apartment unit of Building G. Fire ground operations were immediately established, and a 2nd alarm was requested to respond to the scene. Suppressing flames that were bursting through the front door, fire crews made entry and battled fire throughout the apartment.
Search and rescue teams probed the apartment unit and discovered a 63-year-old male occupant deceased in the bedroom. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Firefighters successfully extinguished all signs of flames within approximately 25 minutes. No firefighters sustained injuries during fire scene operations.
Because of the incident, families from seven apartment homes in the building have been displaced. The American Red Cross is providing disaster assistance.
Two upstairs apartment units sustained significant flame, smoke, and water damage, while the units directly below the incident location suffered water and smoke damage.
Investigators determined that the fire originated in the bedroom of the upstairs unit. The official cause of the incident has been recorded as undetermined