Firefighter Injured During House fire
Firefighters got quite the scare yesterday when what they thought was a normal extinguishing effort, turned out to be a close call for one of their crew members.
Crews were called to a house fire around 10:30 p.m. on the 5000 block of Scenic Drive.
Firefighters found the attic engulfed in heavy flames, and had to use an aerial ladder truck to fight the fire.
During the fight, sheetrock and insulation fell on one of the firefighters inside the home, knocking him down.
Crews pulled him out of the structure -- he was taken to the hospital, where doctors say he suffered a sprained neck.
"You don't really know what's going to happen out there, you don't know how severe the injury is going to be," said Captain Tom Schneider, "As much as we train, as much emphasis we put on good decision-making, there's still the unknown that could happend out there."
Schneider tells us the firefighter was treated and released from the hospital today, and should be back to work in a matter of days.
Nobody else was hurt in the fire.
Firefighters don't know what caused the fire, they hope to have that determined by tomorrow.
Losses are estimated at about $260,000.