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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

RRU: 3 Firefighters Recover from Injuries on Indio Structure Fire

News Release
Release Date:01/25/2012Release Time:9:12 AM
Contact:CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire
Public Affairs Bureau
Subject:01/25/2012 - Firefighters Recover from Injuries on Indio Structure Fire
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Three CAL FIRE firefighters from the Indio Battalion were injured yesterday morning during structural fire suppression of a home at 81715 Paseo Real in the City of Indio. On-scene CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department Paramedics evaluated and transported the firefighters to area hospitals:

- Firefighter Tom -T.J.- Frazier, 32, was transported and admitted to Desert Regional Medical Center and is recovering from surgery for a tibia/fibula fracture.

- Paramedic Firefighter Michael Lambert, 31, was transported to JFK Memorial Hospital was treated and released for a concussion and neck injury.

- Paramedic Firefighter Mike Vera, 30, was also transported to Desert Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released for a concussion.

...Firefighting is a very dangerous profession. Our valiant firefighters ensured no victims were trapped in the burning house and were attempting to contain the fire spread. They did a great job. I am extremely proud of our firefighters,... said CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Chief John R. Hawkins.

Quick action by over 40 firefighters controlled the fire within one hour of arrival. The fire destroyed an attached 3-car garage and attic space of the single family home, causing $50,000 in damage. The American Red Cross is assisting five adults who were displaced. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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