Firefighter Injured In Building Collapse In North St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A St. Louis firefighter is rushed to the hospital after he was hurt during a call.  He was inside a home that had caught fire when part of the house collapsed- trapping him in debris.

The injured firefighter was taken to SLU hospital where fortunately has was treated and released.

We’re told he basically suffered some bumps and bruises.

Crews got the call for the fire about 2:35am Friday morning at a vacant home on Bessie near Newstead.

When firefighters arrived, the back of the vacant house was burning and the fire had spread to a second occupied home next door.

Crews got the fire knocked down but while they were in clean up mode, the back third of the vacant home collapsed, the second floor falling into the first floor!

Investigators say the firefighter who was hurt was on the second floor when the collapse happened and basically rode it down.

He became trapped in some debris.

Other firefighters freed him and got him to a waiting ambulance.

Authorities have not released the firefighter’s name or his age.

A cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

The people who were in the second home that caught fire were not hurt.

That home is livable.


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