BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The cause of a Birmingham house fire on Mason Avenue is under investigation. Firefighters got quite a surprise when they arrived to fight the fire Friday morning.
The fire started around 6:30 Friday morning. Arthur Toole and his son were inside.
“We got out of there because the smoke was taking over I had to run out of there,” said Toole.
Shortly after firefighters went into house, they heard a loud noise.
“The officer in charge thought it may be ammunition. To keep our guys safe he did advise them to go outside which they did. They never stopped doing the firefighter attack from the outside until the sound was gone and sent them back into the house,” said Birmingham Fire Department Captain Bryan Harrell.
Toole said he did have ammunition inside the home.
“I had bullets in there, I had shotgun bullets shells in there 32’s and 9mm shells. The guns were not in there all the guns were out of there, it was the shells in there, shot gun shells sitting in the dining room on the mantel piece there,” said Toole.
No one was injured. Captain Harrell says this isn’t the only time they’ve gone into a home with ammunition.
“I got 20 years of experience I’ve been on several fires where there was ammunition in the home and you hear that sound and you know that it’s a possible explosive whether it be ammunition or any kind of explosive, gasoline any kind of combustible,” said Harrell.
Harrell says they have been trained to recognize different sounds, and safety is always their first priority. Investigators are still trying to determine exactly what started the fire. Right now, they believe it was electrical.