MFRD: Fire destroys McDonald Avenue house

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MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Mobile firefighters were back out again this weekend, after fire was reported at a vacant house on McDonald Avenue at the corner of Next Street in Mobile.  The blaze was reported at 4:50 a.m. Sunday.  Fire officials said heavy smoke and and fire were coming from the first and second levels of the two-story structure.

“Firefighters forced entry and discovered the terracotta roof had collapsed into the second floor and heavily damaged the interior stairwell,” said Steve Huffman, Public Information Officer with the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department.  “While working on the second level of the structure, the floor presented signs that it may collapse and all personnel were evacuated outside to continue firefighting operations,”

Huffman said additional fire units had to be called in and the investigation into the cause of the fire continues. Fire officials said the two-story house had been vacant for approximately two years, however, there were still items inside the house and utilities were still connected to the building.

Damage estimates are at approximately $200,000, said Huffman.

This was the latest structure fire involving Mobile fire crews within the last 24 hours.  On Saturday morning, a Mobile Fire Captain and a Mobile Firefighter were injured while putting out a fire at a vacant home on Lincoln Boulevard in Mobile.  That house, said investigators, been used for storage.

Fire Captain Clay Lyons and Firefighter Pat Henderson were injured when heavy objects stored in the attic, fell on top of them at the Lincoln Boulevard house, said Huffman.  Both men were taken to the hospital for treatment for their injuries.  The cause of that house fire remains under investigation as well.

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