Thursday, February 21, 2013

KCK firefighter suffers hip injury while battling fire

One Kansas City, Kan., firefighter suffered an injury to his hip and knee while battling a fire this afternoon in KCK.

Firefighters responded to a fire at 1261 Shawnee Ave. just after 2:30 p.m. today.

The fire caused about $45,000 worth of damage. One person was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation, while a firefighter was transported "non-emergency" to an area hospital.

According to KCK Fire Department Deputy Chief Kevin Shirley, a wood-stove is initially to blame for the fire.

Full statement from the department:
Crews arrived on scene to find thick smoke coming from the home.  The home owner stated that he had just put more wood into his wood stove and left to move his vehicle.  When he came back there was fire all around the stove.  The fire made it’s way into the attic and the roof area.  Crews were forced to exit the structure and fight the fire defensively because of the potential that the roof would collapse.  The fire also damaged the adjacent home.  One civilian was transported non emergency with smoke inhalation and another firefighter sustained injuries to his hip and knee and was also transported non emergency to a local hospital.  Red Cross was called for  three adults.