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13 INVESTIGATES: Gate City explosion 911 tapes

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BIRMINGHAM, AL - Before sunrise on December 17, 2013, an explosion leveled a Marks Village Apartment building in east Birmingham.

Within moments, Birmingham's 911 Center was flooded with phone calls.

“The house blew up.  It blew up,” shouted one called.

They continued, “We're trying to get them out but it's blazing, ya'll need to come out here now!”

On Monday, the Birmingham Police Department responded to an Alabama’s 13 request by releasing two hours of 911 recordings from fatal morning.

“We need the fire department real bad.  The whole apartment complex has blowed up,” pointed out another caller.

When asked if anyone was trapped inside the apartment, the caller responded, “People live there, yes.”

The recordings captured minutes of emotional chaos following the explosion.

Eight people were injured during the blast.

40 year old Tyrennise Mabry died.

“The whole apartment unit just blew up.  I can hear them screaming, they are burning.  You can hear them.  Do you hear them screaming?   They are screaming.  Oh my god I can hear them screaming!” shouted another caller.

The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the fatal explosion.

Several Marks Village residents, including the family of the Tyrennise Mabry, have filed lawsuits against Alagasco and the Birmingham Housing Authority.  
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