Jeffersonville Firefighter injured combating apartment fire
The firefighter was taken to University Hospital, but is expected to be OK.
Monday, August 11th 2014, 10:54 pm EDT
Tuesday, August 12th 2014, 9:40 am EDT
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A firefighter was injured in Jeffersonville, Indiana, while fighting flames at an apartment Monday night.
The firefighter was injured when the ceiling of the apartment collapsed on him. WDRB cameras were rolling, as the firefighter was whisked away into an ambulance. He was taken to University Hospital where he was treated and released. Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore tells us he is now home and resting.
Jeffersonville Deputy Fire Chief Bruce DeArk says "it really hits home, when it's one of your own."
The fire broke out just after 10 p.m. Monday at the Executive House Apartments in the 800 block of Howard Avenue. The damage was mostly contained to the apartment. Resident David Waters says he was watching TV when he heard the beeping of a smoke detector. He says he looked out in the hallway and saw smoke everywhere.
"I'm hoping I don't lose everything," Waters said. "I'm hoping at least my my pictures and stuff like that, I hope I can save, because I've got all my memories in there. I don't have a lot but what I have is mine, and it's gone probably."
An elderly man and two women were rescued from the building and taken to the hospital for observation.
Steve Wickline told us he and his wife were overcome with smoke when firefighters came to their rescue.
"So I went over there and opened up our windows, trying to breathe," Wickline said. "Everybody said, 'get out! get out!' And I said 'we can't because we're trapped up in here.' Ten minutes later, here come the fire truck ... they got her out of the window, they got me out through the front door and down the steps. The guy told me, he said 'just hold on and I'll get you out safely.'"
Several residents will be displaced. The Red Cross is assisting.
Fire officials are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.
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