Firefighter injured while battling blaze in Manchester

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MANCHESTER, MO (KTVI)-A firefighter is recovering after he was hurt battling an overnight blaze at a Manchester duplex. It happened on Big Bend Crossing Drive just off of Big Bend.

A spokesperson for West County EMS and Fire-the department which the firefighter who was hurt works for-tells us the firefighter has been treated and released.

Crews rushed to the scene just before 2:15 a.m. Tuesday. The Assistant Chief of the Valley Prk Fire District, Rolland Piotraschke, tells us the injured firefighter wrenched his knee while he was trying to run a hose line into the burning unit.

Piotraschke says he was talking to the injured firefighter and that the firefighter was more concerned about having to leave the scene than with his own situation.
Investigators tell us the fire started in the basement utility room area in one of the two attached duplex units.

When crews arrived, flames were already shooting through the first floor of one of the units.

Three people including a 17-year-old were in the unit where the fire started. They all made it out safely and then helped get their neighbor safely out as well.

Authorities say there is extensive damage to the inside of the unit where the fire started; the adjoining unit has smoke damage.

There is no cause for the fire yet although investigators say nothing is immediately suspicious.

Fire crews from Valley Park, West County EMS and Fire as well as Kirkwood all responded to the fire.