UPDATE: Large apartment fire near 30th street is out and under investigation

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE:  According to Alabama Power spokesperson, 144  Alabama Power customers are without power currently because of the fire. Alabama Power are currently in the area and have turned off certain power supplies for firefighters to contain the fire 

Since fighting the fire, several fire trucks have been damaged in the fire, including a ladder truck. 

Metropolitan Apartments, managed by Maxus Properties, off of 30th Street South in the Lakeview area caught fire this morning. Currently two buildings are ablaze and firefighters are battling to contain them. 

Firefighters had to evacuate two floors of residents at the adjacent apartment building.  It is reported that one firefighter has been taken to UAB hospital after breaking a leg. The fire started in one building and has spread to another. Birmingham Fire and Rescue service Capt. Harold Watson says the fire spread quickly because the building was still open from being  under construction. One building has collapsed.

As of right now there is no confirmation on what caused the fire. The CBS 42 news team is on the scene gathering information and will be updating throughout the morning. 

Check back for more updates.

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