DIAMOND LAKE, Wash. -- A firefighter was caught in a crumbling house during an overnight Diamond Lake fire.
It started around 1:30 a.m. at a home on South Shore Road Diamond Lake Road.
The Pend Orielle Fire District said a male homeowner woke up to a crackling sound in the attic which turned out to be the fire. They said he was in the middle of a remodel project and all of the smoke alarms were not plugged in. After the man ran outside, he called for help.
Investigators said it took awhile for crews to repsond to the scene because the crew is made up of volunteers.
Crews aggressivley attacked the fire when they got to the scene. At one point, a firefighter was on the ground level of the home when the floor gave way. He fell one story into the basement. His fellow firefighters reacted quickly and got him out of the home.
Medics took the firefighter to the hospital with minor injuries. The homeowner was also treated at a local hospital for smoke inhalation.
Investigators said the cause of the fire is unknown. They said the $350,000 home is a total loss.