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Fireman suffers 2nd-degree burns battling blaze at Cumby-area home

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A Hopkins County firefighter sustained second-degree burns while battling a house fire which destroyed one side of a Cumby residence and smoke-damaged the rest of the building early this morning.

The firefighter was treated at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital for a few hours but had been released by 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The blaze was reported to dispatchers at about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday. Hopkins County and Cumby firefighters were dispatched to the location. Cumby police and deputies also responded. Authorities arrived quickly at the scene and reported flames could already be seen coming out of the roof of the single-story wood frame home. Miller Grove, North Hopkins and Campbell firefighters were requested to provide water support and mutual aid.

Firefighters began an interior attack on the blaze  and were able to quickly contain it to the side of the house with bedrooms. The other side, which included the kitchen, sustained heavysmoke damage, according to initial fire reports.

During the fire-fight, one Hopkins County firefighter fell through the floor. Heat and flames shot up his pants. He was burned inside his rubber boots. The firefighter was able to get out of the burning home on his own, then received medical attention from Hopkins County Emergency Medical Service paramedics. He was transported to HCMH. He sustained second-degree burns to his legs between his knees and ankles but had been released from the hospital by 8 a.m. Wednesday.

American Red Cross was called to assist the residents of the FM 499 home.

Firefighters remained at the scene until about 4:30 a.m. checking for “hot spots” or concealed areas which might have smoldering embers that could rekindle. Police and deputies remained on scene until about 2:30 a.m.

Hopkins County Fire Chief Carl Nix and Marshal Steve Caudle were at the house at lunch time Wednesday, examining the remains in an attempt to try to determine what caused the blaze.

 

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