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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Injured CAL FIRE Firefighter Condition Still Serious

Update: Copperopolis, CA...Two days after a structure fire sent a firefighter to the hospital, the injured CAL FIRE Captain remains in serious condition at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. 

Fire Captain Sue Arrouzet, 45 of Tracy, has been with CAL FIRE for 22 years and is currently assigned to the CAL FIRE Copperopolis Fire Station. Captain Arrouzet remains in good spirits surrounded by family and co-workers and will likely be transferred to a San Francisco hospital for recovery....
Copperopolis, CA...A Cal Fire captain injured Friday night fighting a fire at a two-story residence on Glen Side Court in Copperopolis was identified Monday as Sue Arrouzet, of Tracy.

Arrouzet, 45, of Tracy, was “in good spirits” Monday, said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

She was being treated at Modesto’s Doctor’s Medical Center and was set to be transferred to a Bay Area hospital, Cal Fire officials said.

Two other firefighters, from Cal Fire and the Copperopolis Fire Protection District, sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene, Berlant said.

The Serious Accident Review Team is reviewing the incident, he said.

The fire was reported about 10:30 p.m. Friday by the residents, who made it outside uninjured, Berlant said.

Cal Fire assisted Copperopolis Fire Protection District.

The house was substantially damaged. A partial structural collapse caused the firefighter injuries, Berlant said.

The fire’s cause is still under investigation, Berlant said.

Arrouzet is a 22-year Cal Fire employee and was assigned to Cal Fire’s Copperopolis Fire Station.

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