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City officials respond to UPS cargo flight crash

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BIRMINGHAM, AL -

When the call went out just before 5 a.m., crews from Birmingham police and fire departments immediately got to work setting up a perimeter to contain spilled jet fuel and to extinguish the fire burning after a UPS cargo plane crashed on its descent to the Birmingham airport.

It took crews at least an hour and a half to put out the flames, and at one point, there were around 100 firefighters working to battle the blaze.

This was something these men and women don't see everyday, but Birmingham Fire Chief CW Mardis says it was a job they were prepared to do.

"They had a scenario just like this one that they practiced on just about a month ago. So the guys are pretty well trained and ready to go at any time," Mardis explained.

These men and women rose to he occasion and Birmingham Mayor William bell says he couldn't be more proud.

"They did it in a very professional manner and I'm proud to say that I'm the mayor of a city that has such fine men and women who work within our fire and police department," Bell said.

Mayor Bell says they had to secure a larger area than they originally expected because debris from the crash scattered around the area.

If you do find debris around your house, Mayor Bell says do mess with it. Just leave it there and call the Birmingham police, as well as emailing witness@ntsb.gov

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