House fire claims life of woman, 57, near Birmingham; blaze began in a basement apartment

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FORESTDALE, Alabama — Authorities say a house fire near Birmingham has claimed the life of a 57-year-old woman.

Forestdale Fire Chief Don Melton says the blaze began around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday in the basement apartment of a house in Forestdale. Her name wasn't immediately released.

WBRC-TV reports ( that a neighbor who saw the flames called 911.

No other injuries were reported.

Information from: WBRC-TV,

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