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UPDATE: Birmingham Apartment Explosion


UPDATE: 2:30

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- A Birmingham fire official says rescue crews have found a man alive and freed him from the rubble of an apartment explosion.

A woman who was missing was also found but her status wasn't immediately known.

Birmingham Fire Rescue Service Battalion Chief C.W. Mardis tells The Associated Press the man is in critical but stable condition.

He was one of two people who were unaccounted for after the predawn explosion Tuesday.

Mardis says the man and a woman apparently were asleep in a first-floor apartment when the explosion occurred shortly before 3 a.m. Tuesday.

The building collapsed, trapping them.

Mardis says the concrete slab from the second flood was on them and crews were able to use hydraulic jacks and lifting blocks to lift the concrete enough to get to them.

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The Birmingham Fire Chief says a woman is dead after an apartment fire.

Officials found her body in the rubble after an explosion in the gate city area.

Four children under eight years of age have been treated and released from the hospital.

Four adults have also been transported to hospitals.

And I heard this boom and all our glasses went out and hit me in the back and I just hit the floor and I really thought it was someone doing something bad outside. When I go outside I see this apartment on fire,” said Robert Norton.

When first responders arrived they discovered a gas leak.


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