A firefighter injured while battling a 2-alarm townhouse fire remains hospitalized recovering from his burn injuries. Kentland Volunteer Lieutenant Chris Rutter sustained significant burns to his back while operating inside a burning townhouse in the 9000 block of Continental Place in Landover during the early morning of Saturday, January 15, 2011. Rutter sustained his injuries when he fell from the first floor into the basement of the townhouse that was undergoing remodeling.
Rutter has undergone multiple treatments and surgical procedures at the Burn Unit of the Washington Hospital Center since his admission last Saturday. Kentland Volunteer Chief Tony Kelleher advised today that doctors examined Chris's wounds this morning and opted to keep him in the hospital through the weekend with a possible release on Monday.
Volunteer Lieutenant Rutter remains in good condition and good spirits while he is in the constant companionship of fellow firefighters and friends. Kentland has been updating their Facebook page about Rutters status and wrote, “The Officers and Membership of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank everyone again for their overwhelming support.”
For original press release on the fire, click here.
Update on January 18, 2011, click here.