PALMER — One Palmer firefighter was injured while battling a residential fire on Sunday after tripping over a hose line.
Emergency crews were called out to the house fire at 4:59 p.m. in the 400 block of Hampel Road.
When firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire in a garage and breezeway connecting to a second garage, said Ricky McElhaney, the Palmer Assistant Fire Chief.
“The main garage was totally involved and the breezeway was totally involved in fire. It had worked its way into that second garage. It had a breezeway (with) an attic across it,” McElhaney said. “Once we got the mutual aid, we got it all cut off and contained all but in one area. It appears that it started in the garage.”
McElhaney said firefighters were able to minimize the damage done to the home from the fire by performing an interior attack in the home on the fire. The two garages were considered a total loss, along with the two vehicles inside one of the garages.
“One firefighter fell and looked like he landed on his flashlight and bruised his ribs. He tripped over a hose on the ground. He was check out by EMS originally, and then later on as the adrenalin started wearing off, they took him to the hospital and had him checked out,” McElhaney said. “It wound up to be sprained ribs.”
He was later released from the hospital. Providing assistance on the call were members of the Ferris, Bristol, Ennis and Red Oak fire departments. Members of the American Red Cross were called out to the scene to provide assistance to firefighters and residents.
Firefighters were on scene for about four hours before clearing the scene and returning to the station at 9:07 p.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Ellis County Fire Marshal Tim Birdwell.
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