Firefighter Injured in North Richland Hills

By Ken Kalthoff and Annie Potasznik
|  Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011  |  Updated 12:40 PM CDT
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A wall collapsed, injuring a North Richland Hills firefighter Tuesday.

Linda Angelle

A wall collapsed, injuring a North Richland Hills firefighter Tuesday.

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Firefighters had to battle the triple digit heat as well as flames at a North Richland Hills apartment complex Tuesday.
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A firefighter was injured battling a two-alarm fire at an apartment building on 6885 Meadowcrest in North Richland Hills. He was hurt after a wall fell on him and injured his leg.

Firefighters arrived at the complex just after 1 p.m. Tuesday and reported heavy fire and immediately moved the fire to two alarms.

Sixteen units were damaged by the fire at the Wood Meadows Apartments.  Four of them were gutted.

One resident went to the hospital with a leg injury she suffered coming down some stairs to get away from the flames.

Assistant Chief Kirk Marcum said temperatures of nearly 100 degrees at the height of the blaze also made attacking the fire more difficult.

Firefighters needed extra relief and a cooling station was set up with water and fans.

"It takes it’s toll, just the amount of personnel you have to have out here to continue the operation. But they’ve done a good job and made a good stop on the fire," Marcum said.

North Richland Hills called reinforcements for extra manpower from Richland Hills, Watauga, Haltom City and Bedford.

The Red Cross responded to the complex to help displaced families.

Initial reports of two firefighters injured were incorrect.

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