PHOTOS: One dead after Gate City Apartment Explosion - WVTM-TV Birmingham, AL

PHOTOS: One dead after Gate City Apartment Explosion

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UPDATE: The Birmingham Housing Authority reports that four units have been destroyed in this morning's explosion. Two of those were vacant.

They also report via a press release that eight residents have been hospitalized and one death has been reported. One resident is still unaccounted for.

The BHA says they're working with the American Red Cross to relocate families affected by the explosion.

UPDATE: Naomi Truman, executive director of the Birmingham Housing Authority, released a statement about this morning's fire.

“The Housing Authority does not have any facts regarding the fire at the present moment. All that is known at this time is that the Police and Fire Department are conducting an investigation to find out the cause of the fire. The Fire Department has informed us that the explosion could have possibly involved a gas leak from outside the building, however that information has not been confirmed. Our biggest concern at this time is working to get shelter and food for the families that have been displaced and locating the residents that have not been located. Several residents have been hospitalized, it is reported that no injuries are life threatening.   We will keep the media posted throughout the day as the information becomes available.”

UPDATE: One of the victims from the apartment explosion Tuesday morning has died. The victim and her fiance were found around 8 a.m. buried beneath the rubble. The man was pulled first from the rubble and taken by ambulance to UAB Hospital. He is in critical condition.

Residents in the Gate City Community say they have complained about the smell of gas in the area for about a week before explosion this morning at Marks Village. Alagasco went door to door to check on the other units in the community for gas problems.

Birmingham Fire Chief C.W Mardis told Alabama's 13 the explosion went off around 2:45 Tuesday morning near the intersection of Joppa Court and Georgia Road. At this point they believe the explosion was due to a gas problem. The explosion set two, two story, five bedroom apartment units on fire. Mardis says there 9-10 people inside those two apartments at the time of the fire, the victims were taken to Trinity Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries early this morning. The injuries are mostly burns and scrapes.

Mardis says units nearby were evacuated because of debris from the explosion. The power was temporarily turned off on nearby units, but all power has now been restored.

The Salvation Army and Red Cross have been called out to the scene to help those displaced by the explosion. 

If anyone has a missing loved one they are asked to call the East Precinct at 205-254-2685.

Stay with us for more updates. 

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