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NW firefighter injured in house fire

House a total loss

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Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 10:29 am

A firefighter from the Northwest Fire District was treated and released this morning after sustaining injuries at a house fire.

Adam Goldberg, a spokesman for the Northwest Fire District, said dispatchers received an emergency call around 7:17 a.m. that a doublewide manufactured home at 2872 W. Diamond Road had caught fire. When fire crews arrived, the home was about 40 percent engulfed.

Goldberg said since it is a new model trailer, the attic, as well as space under the floor was engulfed in flames.

The firefighter fell through the floor, injuring his left ankle. Goldberg said the firefighter was transported by ambulance to the University Medical Center, where he was treated and released. However, he will require follow-up treatment.

“When you have a 200-pound firefighter carrying about 50 pounds of equipment, the floor just didn’t hold up,” said Goldberg.

The house was a total loss, according to Goldberg, who estimated the damage to be around $60,000.

When the house caught fire, Goldberg said, a father and his two adult daughters were inside, but got out safely.

While one family dog was saved, the family Chihuahua died from smoke inhalation, Goldberg said.

The fire was completely put out by 8:02 a.m. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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