Ensley House Fires Believed to be Set Intentionally

Birmingham authorities are searching for the person who set three fires at Ensley homes on Friday morning. The homes were within three blocks of each other.

Birmingham Fire and Rescue officials stated that all homes were vacant and no one was injured in the blazes.  Though there were no injuries, officials did say that anytime a fire breaks out, occupied homes and occupants nearby are in danger.

Residents who live in the area say the burnt remains are a sore eye for the community they are trying to revitalize.  Natalie Streety, who works nearby, said that it’s a huge deal because we are trying to build the community up  and it kind of looks bad right across the street.

C.W. Mardis, Fire and Rescue spokesperson, says investigators are now canvassing the area to try and find a common thread between all of the fires.

According to Mardis, police and firefighters are investigating this string of fires that started May 15.  These are the fires that investigators believe are linked:

  • Tuesday, May 15: 2407 31st St., midnight; 2812 Avenue S, 1:50 a.m., 1783 52nd Street, 4:45 a.m.
  • Friday, May 18:  2532 Warrior Rd., 1:40 a.m.; 2901 Ensley Ave, 7:26 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 19:  825 Cherry Ave, Timber Ridge Apartments, 12:51 a.m.; 2924 Avenue W, 1:45 a.m.; 2919 Avenue S, 4:52 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 20:  1522 Monroe Ave., 2:28 a.m.; 4624 Avenue U, 2:42 a.m.; 2501 Avenue S, 3:51 a.m.; 3000 Ensley Ave., 3:56 a.m.

Mardis said these fires are likely connected.  All were vacant homes within close proximity to each other.  Investigators have narrowed down the leads in their probe into the linked fires. He commented that we will eventually get the culprits as we have our own resources out there and should have a resolution soon.

Anyone with information is asked to call Birmingham’s Fire Prevention Bureau at 250-7540.


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