MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Firefighters were called for a second time Thursday morning to a business on Spring Hill Ave.
Firefighters were first called to 1113 Spring Hill Ave. after 11 p.m. on Wednesday. Firefighters then returned to the scene just before 3 a.m. on Thursday.
The following is a press release sent by Mobile Fire-Rescue later Thursday.
“At approximately 11:10 PM on April 21, Mobile Fire-Rescue Department crews (3 engines, 2 ladder trucks, 1 rescue truck, 2 Chief officers) were dispatched to 1113 Springhill Avenue for reports of smoke visible in the area, possibly coming from the rear of the commercial building at the referenced address. Upon arrival on scene, MFRD personnel confirmed large amounts of thick, black smoke emanating from a single-story strip mall. Flames were discovered at the rear of the structure, stemming from the Northside Check Exchange.
Crews immediately established fire scene operations, connecting to nearby hydrants and extending suppression hose lines to begin their initial fire attack. The entrances to the business were covered by burglar bars. In efforts to make entry, ladder truck crews cut through the bars using on-board saws.
Considering the construction type, amount of flames, and potential for exposure to adjacent businesses, Incident Command requested a 2nd-alarm response at approximately 11:21 PM. Additional crews (2 engines, 1 ladder truck, 1 rescue truck, 1 Chief officer) were dispatched to the scene to assist.
Ladder truck crews accessed the roof, where they successfully cut a 4’ x 6’ ventilation hole, allowing heated gases and smoke to vertically escape the structure. Search & rescue teams swept through the business, discovering no civilian occupants inside.
Fire suppression teams were able to access the fire inside of the business and successfully extinguish without allowing flames to extend to adjacent businesses.
There were no reported injuries from the scene. An investigation to determine the cause of the incident is ongoing. “