MAYPEARL – A Maypearl firefighter was injured and transported to Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie on Thursday after receiving an injury to his right hand.
The firefighter was working at the scene of a grass fire.
“The fire was started by a controlled burn that got out of hand,” Fire Chief Robert Hinds said. “All together, the fire burned around 10 to 15 acres.”
The firefighter received stitches for a deep cut and was treated and released.
“The firefighter was working underneath one of the trucks to manually shift it into gear after it had became disabled when he
Crews were dispatched to the scene at 2:30 p.m. and received assistance from the Waxahachie Rural and Venus fire departments, which each sent two engines to the scene of the fire, located in a stretch between Vineyard and Great House Road.
The fire was in a heavily wooded area, making it difficult for crews and apparatuses to work. Initially, assistance was sought from the county for a bulldozer to cut a path for crews to get to the fire.
Instead, assistance was received from RSC Equipment Rental in Midlothian with a bulldozer that arrived on scene at about 8:30 p.m.
“I would like to thank Charlie and Gerald over at RSC for their assistance with this call. Without their help, it would have made our job a lot more difficult and labor intensive,” Hinds said.
“When the road was cut it made it easier for our crews to work and to keep it contained from spreading to the four other structures that were in the area,” he said.
Thirty firefighters worked the fire and were on scene until 4:30 a.m. Friday. Crews and brush trucks continued to monitor what remained of the fire throughout the day.
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