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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Cottage City House Fire - One Firefighter Injured

Firefighters from the Bunker Hill Fire/EMS Station were the first to arrive at a 1 ½ story single family house this afternoon reporting heavy fire showing. The fire appears to have started on the first floor and extended through the roof before 35 firefighters were able to knock down the bulk of the fire in about 20 minutes. A 911 call reporting an air conditoning unit on fire was received just after 4 pm.

No civilian injuries have been reported at the incident located in the 3800 block of 40th Avenue, however, one firefighter sustained 1st and 2nd degree burns and has been transported to a Burn Unit for treatment. His injuries are considered non-serious.

Paramedics are evaluating all firefighters operating at the scene as they progress through a re-hab area. Paramedics are monitoring vital signs and ensuring all personnel re-hydrate themselves. With the excessive heat today and the heavy workload on personnel it is possible that additional transports will be made.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and estimated fire loss is still being tabulated. The Fire/EMS Departments Citizen Services Unit will assist the displaced family with temporary shelter.