4 injured after EF2 tornado touches down in Alabama
Updated: 8:40 PM CDT Jun 22, 2017
The National Weather Service is reporting that an EF2 tornado with 120 mph winds touched down in Fairfield, Alabama on Thursday.
Birmingham Fire and Rescue has responded to the Fairfield area, where several buildings were damaged. An Express Oil Change collapsed and an ABC liquor store was destroyed by the storm.
Officials at the scene tell WVTM 13’s Jon Paepcke that four people were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Three of the victims were in the liquor store and the fourth was at a nearby housing project, Fairfield Police Chief Nick Dyer said.
An Express Oil Change spokesperson said five employees escaped unharmed. Some of the workers sought shelter in a lube pit.
Police said there was some looting at the liquor store, but authorities have since secured the scene.
There also reports of damaged buildings in an area near Ensley Avenue and Interstate 59, fire officials said on social media. Fallen power lines and trees have forced police to close a portion of Ensley Ave. V near 13th Street.
Alabama Power reported at 4 p.m. that there were 17,000 outages in the Birmingham metro, including 9,000 in the area of Fairfield, Midfield and Pratt City.
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