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Firefighter injured in house fire [Video]

A firefighter was hurt early Tuesday morning while trying to put out a fire at a home in east Bakersfield.

It happened just after midnight on Gage Street near Dolores Street.

Firefighters tell us a family of five woke up to the smell of smoke and found the back of their house in flames. The family was able to get out safely, but fire officials say a firefighter was shocked by some electrical wires. Continue reading Firefighter injured in house fire [Video]

Two Philadelphia Firefighters Injured, One Critically

A section of a warehouse roof collapsed during a fire in Northeast Philadelphia late last night, injuring two veteran firefighters as they fell 20 feet to the hard ground.

The blaze broke out shortly before 10 p.m. at an auto shop tucked inside an industrial complex on the 4800 block of Wingate Street in the city’s Holmesburg section.

Firefighters Bob Underwood, 47, and Raymond Rajchel, 54, ascended to the roof to cut out a hole for ventilation, said Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers.

“This roof seemed solid enough. It was covered with asbestos and cement,” Ayers said. “But when they cut it, it gave way.”

Underwood, a 23-year-veteran, was able to break his fall. Rajchel, a 34-year-veteran, landed hard and cracked several bones.

The firefighters were rushed to Frankford Torresdale Hospital. Underwood was treated and able to walk out of the emergency room with his wife, Ayers said.

Rajchel spent most of Thursday in surgery as doctors worked to repair fractures in his arm and ribs, Ayers said.

The blaze, which threw off thick clouds of heavy smoke, was under control in 22 minutes, Ayers said.

It may have been sparked by a battery pack that had been misused and left plugged in, Ayers said.

“We found several violations at the site,” Ayers said, adding the shop was also missing required licences and zoning permits.

West Coast 911 firefighting news source – The Philadelphia Inquirer

New York Firefighter Injured in Structure Fire

SCHENECTADY — A city firefighter was hospitalized with a severe leg fracture battling a suspicious fire at a home Tuesday morning where a man was shot dead earlier this month, authorities said.

Lt. Michelle Wilson was expected to undergo surgery at Ellis Hospital where she was taken after being hurt in the 4 a.m. blaze at 933 Albany St. Fire Chief Robert Farstad said the cause of the fire is suspicious.

Ulysses Canty, 40, died Sept. 1 after being shot inside a downstairs apartment there. Police said they had no information to indicate a connection.

It was the second fire in the city overnight. At 9 p.m. Monday night, firefighters battled a blaze at 12 Grove Place that fire left 22 people homeless.

Officials said the Albany Street house had several apartments but only one was occupied.

The four residents had escaped by the time firefighters arrived. The home’s ground floor and attic were badly damaged. The fire also caused minor damage to a home at 935 Albany St.

Nearly two dozen residents, including 16 in one apartment, were displaced by Monday night’s larger fire that all but destroyed a two-family building and threatened to spread to neighboring structures.

Everyone got out safely, but a number of firefighters who responded to the blaze nearly got caught inside when something — an explosion or intense burst of flame — occurred, Farstad said.

Despite the number of people living in the building, it doesn’t appear the arrangement violated city codes, City Corporation Counsel L. John Van Norden said.

West Coast firefighting news source – The Times Union