Two Firefighters Injured Battling Fort Worth House Fire

Abandoned house was full of antiques, officials say

By Frank Heinz
|  Thursday, Nov 24, 2011  |  Updated 11:34 AM CDT
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2 Firefighters Injured Battling House Fire

Fort Worth Fire Department

Fort Worth firefighters Matthew Goode and Courtney Pennington.

Two Fort Worth firefighters were injured while battling a one-alarm house fire in Fort Worth early Wednesday morning.

One firefighter, Matthew Goode, fractured his leg when a piece of the roof fell off and bumped his ladder, knocking him to the ground.

Goode graduated the Fort Worth Fire Academy on Oct. 21 of this year.

The second firefighter, Courtney Pennington, a four-year veteran of the department, sustained a dislocated shoulder when the floor collapsed and he fell into the basement.

Both of the firefighters were treated and released from the hospital Wednesday.

“Our job is an inherently dangerous occupation. We are grateful that their injuries were not more serious. We are glad they are expected to make full recoveries. We are certainly thankful that these men will be spending Thanksgiving with their families," said Sam Greif, deputy chief of operations with the Fort Worth Fire Department.

The fire broke out at about 5:45 a.m. in an abandoned home on the 4200 block of East First Street near Haltom Road.

Damage to the home, which was full of antiques, is estimated at $36,000. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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