Firefighter falls while battling house fire in N. Spokane

Firefighter falls while battling house fire in N. Spokane

Firefighter falls while battling house fire in N. Spokane

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 17 at 4:56 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A Spokane City firefighter fell and landed on his back while battling a house fire in North Spokane.

Crews were called to the fire in the 5100 block of N. Lincoln around 7:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Firefighters arrived to find a large volume of fire on the front porch of the one-story home. Crews said heavy winds caused the fire to spread quickly, and flames began to spread to a second house next to it. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, and they remained on scene for hours to control hot spots.

Fire officials initially reported the firefighter fell off the roof of the home, but after further investigation they determined he fell off a porch.

The firefighter was taken to the hospital. He was in stable condition, but was told he would likely have to remain in the hospital overnight Tuesday.

Witnesses said the firefighter hit the ground hard and did not move immediately after falling.

The fire caused extensive damage to the home. Everyone in the home was able to get out before emergency crews arrived. The firefighter was the only person who was hurt.

The Red Cross is assisting two adults and six children who live at the home.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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