Two firefighters were injured while they were working to extinguish a house fire in Fort Worth early Friday morning.
The fire started in a house on the 7500 block of Woodfield Road. A family of five were all asleep when a neighbor told the family that the garage was on fire.
All family members were able to escape the flames and save some personal items.
44-year-old firefighter Jimmy Gray, a 14 year veteran, and 39-year-old firefighter Dallas Murr, a 9 year veteran, were injured when part of the ceiling and roof collapsed on top of them. Both men were able to free themselves from the debris and were conscious and alert when transported to the hospital.
The rest of the crew knocked down some of the flames from outside the house, and then went in through the front door to continue the fire attack and conduct a search for anyone who may have been inside.
Once inside, the crew made their way to the kitchen area, when the collapsed occurred, momentarily trapping Gray. After crawling from beneath the debris, the firefighters went outside and were treated by other firefighters before going to the hospital for further evaluation.
MedStar told NBC 5 that the firefighters suffered minor injuries.
The occupants of the house reported that a neighbor’s family member knocked on their door and told them the house was on fire. The female that answered the door said she didn’t believe the man until she looked outside and saw the flames. No evidence of the fire burning in the garage and attic was visible inside the house at that time. The family of five, two adults and three children, escaped unharmed.
The fire gutted the garage and burned off about half of the roof of the 1400 square foot home. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.