Police detain person suspected of arson after apartment fire displaces 10 families

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Police detained one person suspected of arson in connection with an apartment fire that has displaced at least 17 people.

Birmingham Fire received a call about a fire around 11:53 p.m. Tuesday night. Officials responded to the 1400 block of Tuscaloosa Avenue Southwest. Firefighters did not have any trouble containing the flames coming from the two-story building.

According to Sergeant Walker with Birmingham Police, the fire is being investigated as arson. The fire started in a unit on the top story of the building. A suspect was transported to UAB Hospital after requesting medical attention. Sgt. Walker says he will be taken into custody for questioning.

According to Fire Chief Jeff Russell, the two-story apartment building contained 10 units which were all affected by the fire. Officials had to cut power to the building, which has displaced the occupants.

Authorities have notified the Red Cross. According to Red Cross personnel, all 10 families now have a safe place to go.

This investigation is ongoing.

WIAT will continue to bring you updates as more information becomes available.

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