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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
An apartment fire that left 25 people homeless in Center Point also sent one firefighter to the hospital.
Fourteen units were damaged in a fire at the Summer Rise Apartments on Sunday morning.
Tracy Taylor was just blocks away when she got a frantic call about the blaze. By the time she reached the apartments, the roof of the building was covered in flames.
"Flames. Big ol' smoke. There's was just a lot of fire going on," said Taylor.
Center Point Fire Chief Don West says the fire started inside a second floor apartment and spread quickly through the attic. He says it was all hands on deck to battle the aggressive blaze.
"When we have these types of fires of this size... it's very stressful, it takes a lot of physical exertion," West said.
The blaze was so intense, one firefighter started to feel pain in his chest.
"We felt at that time, he needed to be transported and evaluated in the emergency room," West said.
Meanwhile, fire crews attacked the blaze from every angle. West says it took about 30 minutes before the fire was finally out.
It's a tough loss for folks like Tracy Taylor, who watched as her family's home was destroyed. As Taylor will tell you, it could have been far worse. All of the neighbors made it out without injuries.
"God is good all the time. This is all materialistic stuff. You can get that back, so I'm just happy that my grandchild and her mother made it out safely," said Taylor.
West says the firefighter remains in the hospital and is listed in stable condition. The cause of the fire is under investigation.