BIRMINGHAM, ALA. (WIAT) — The Red Cross provided assistance to around 50 displaced people after the fire at the Birmingham Towers Apartments this Saturday at the Grace Episcopal Church.
Representatives of the charitable organization provided the displaced senior citizens with meals and a place to stay. John Brice is one of the people that got help from the Red Cross. Brice made it through the smoke on the seventh floor at Birmingham Towers Friday before firefighters helped him down with a ladder.
Brice is glad to have made it out alive after everything he saw.
“Nothing but smoke,” Brice said of the building. “You could not breathe, it was pretty tough.”
Richard Wright was on the ninth floor and went down the emergency stairs.
“I knew it was time to get up out there,” Wright said. “You follow protocol the way it’s supposed to be done.”
After Saturday’s dinner, those staying at the church were taken the Gardendale Civic Center where they spent the night.
“After the civic center, we will still try to work with them the best we can,” said Alicia Anger, a representative of the area Red Cross. “It will be up to the apartment complex if they can actually go into the building.”
Restoration crews have spent the weekend at Birmingham Towers trying to get things cleaned so residents can go back.