Thursday, August 19, 2010

Two Richmond firefighters were treated for minor injuries

2 Calif. firefighters injured in house fireOne firefighter hurt his back, while another got debris in his eyes

By Karl Fischer
The Contra Costa Times
RICHMOND, Calif. — Two Richmond firefighters were treated for minor injuries Wednesday morning after a blaze consumed part of a home on the 500 block of Maine Avenue.
The fire broke out a little before 7 a.m., Battalion Chief Merlin Turner said, after the occupant started breakfast in the kitchen, then took a shower.
"When he got out he found the house full of smoke," Turner said.
He escaped unhurt. Fire crews extinguished the fire, which caused about $65,000 in damage to the house and its contents. and called the American Red Cross to help the victim with temporary shelter.
One firefighter hurt his back, while another got debris in his eyes, Turner said. Both were treated, and the department expects both will recover.

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