TUSCALOOSA MAN RECOVERING AFTER TUESDAY AFTERNOON APARTMENT FIRE

One man is recovering after a fire at an apartment complex in Tuscaloosa Tuesday afternoon.

The fire started around 4 p.m. at Timberline Apartments, said Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Holly Whigham.

Several Tuscaloosa Police Officers helped the victim escape from the blaze, and he was taken to DCH Regional Medical Center for treatment. Investigators said the victim was later taken to UAB Hospital for further evaluation.

WVUA 23 Chief Photojournalist Jerome Davis spoke with several neighbors who witnessed the fire and the victim’s escape.

“We were standing across the street from my apartment, and my neighbor was actually still in (the apartment), and a police officer and a couple other residents helped get him out of his apartment and brought him across the street before EMS could get there,” said resident Odessa Fort.

He crawled out of the apartment on his own, Fort said, and was disoriented but was able to speak with his neighbors before being taken away in an ambulance.

The victim’s daughter, Amanda Dennis, said that although her 71-year-old father made it out and is undergoing treatment, their dog Booger perished in the blaze.

“I’m so thankful that we have good neighbors and that people are loving and caring nowadays, and that they were able to get him out of there,” Dennis said.

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