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40 people displaced after Birmingham apartment fire

Cell phone video captured the Saturday morning fire (Source: Viewer) Cell phone video captured the Saturday morning fire (Source: Viewer)
Toya Watindi (Source: WBRC) Toya Watindi (Source: WBRC)
Sandpiper Apartment damage (Source: WBRC) Sandpiper Apartment damage (Source: WBRC)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

An apartment fire in Birmingham displaced 40 people on Saturday. 

One woman said she lost everything, but she is thanking God she and her son made it out alive. 

"It was scary seeing something like that," said Toya Watindi, a cousin of a tenant. "For a whole entire building to be on fire, and people living in there and they can't get out, jumping from the balcony.  It's very scary."

The fire started at Sandpiper Apartments on Barcelona Court early Saturday morning.  

Cell phone video captured smoke pouring out of the windows and roof as firefighters worked to control the flames and get the tenants out.

Watindi got a call from her cousin who was inside the building when the fire started. 

"She said she was asleep and she heard her son's fire alarm go off.  She looked out the door and saw the smoke and flames and everything, and she noticed she couldn't get out," she said. 

Her cousin was trapped in her apartment on the third floor with only one way out: jumping from her balcony. 

"First she threw her son out, then she jumped out," said Watindi. 

A neighbor caught the young boy and he and his mother walked away without a scratch. 

"I am amazed," said Watindi. "I thank God that no one got hurt."

Firefighters are still investigating the cause of the fire, while families try to salvage what little is left.

The Red Cross said teams are helping displaced families and are in the process of opening a shelter at Pilgrim Church UCC. 

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