UPDATE (3/19 10:00 PM) The victim’s brother, Willie Sumlin, a Birmingham firefighter identified the victim to CBS 42 as Larry Sumlin. He was 61 years old.
Willie Sumlin said he was the first on scene, and when he arrived flames were already coming through the windows. He said the initial call had come in for an address across the street and he didn’t realize until he arrived on scene that it was the house he had grown up in that was on fire.
Family and friends gathered outside the home Sunday in support of the family.
UPDATE (1:05 PM): The victim of the house fire is the brother of one of Birmingham Fire’s firefighters, according to Captain Bryan Harrell. The name has not yet been released. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
UPDATE (7:10 AM): One person is dead and another is recovering after a house fire in North Birmingham. Fire crews were called to the scene on 16th Street North around 9:30 Saturday night.
Assistant Fire Chief Buddy Wilks says crews were told a person was trapped. They arrived at the scene to find heavy flames coming from the home.
Crews were able to make it inside but were forced to go back outside because of the fire. One person in the house died.
Crews were on the scene for hours to put out hot spots as investigators arrived to look into what caused the fire. Another person in the home was able to escape. They were taken to UAB Hospital to be treated for burns but their condition is unknown.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT): Birmingham Fire Department confirms 1 person is dead as they are battling a house fire on 16th Street North.
The scene is still active and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. See more on CBS42 News at 10:30pm