ENSLEY, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: Birmingham Fire and Rescue investigators are looking into more fires in Ensley that they say were intentionally set.
Crews from Birmingham Fire and Rescue ended up fighting a fire at Avenue Q at 32nd St Ensley early Tuesday morning in full view of the neighborhood.
“I just got home from vacation. I am just not believing another house so close to us caught fire,” said resident Berthine White.
White has lived in Ensley 15 years, and this is the third time a house near her home has caught fire.
“You don’t know whose house might be next,” said White.
A second home on Avenue Q and Terrace Q caught fire Tuesday morning. Captain Bryan Harrell says this makes a total of around 40 vacant homes within the last six month in Central Park, West End, and Ensley intentionally set.
Gilbert Klein lives in Ensley and is fed up. He saw the fire on 32nd Street in Ensley Tuesday morning.
“Eventually someone is going to get killed, and we don’t want this to come this,” Klein said. “This is really deteriorating our community we work so hard to keep up.”
Harrell says that officials are doing everything they can to find out who’s doing this. They’ve teamed up with the ATF and there is reward up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest.
“The agents do have leads but we are depending on our community to come forward with any information so our ATF, Birmingham Fire and Rescue, and Birmingham police department is actively investigating they do have leads,” Harrell said.
Two homes went up in flames on Avenue Q this morning.
Ave. Q and 32nd St
Birmingham Firefighters were able to quickly control the fire at Avenue Q and 32nd St.
Officials on the scene say the home was vacant. There was no power or gas running to the house.
The fire started in the back of the home.
Ave. Q and Terrace Q
Officials quickly controlled the second house fire at Ave. Q and Terrace Q as well.
Officials are investigating both fires as suspicious.
WIAT will continue to bring updates.