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Fort Worth Firefighter Hospitalized After House Fire

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A Fort Worth firefighter was sent to the hospital Wednesday morning following a house fire.

Crews were called at about 5:13 a.m. to a fire at a vacant home along the 2800 block of Milam Street in East Fort Worth.

While initially battling the blaze, the department said a firefighter was hurt and sustained minor injuries to his leg. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment to his burns and is expected to be OK.

Later on when crews were putting out hot spots, the roof of the home collapsed onto a firefighter, a department spokesman said. The firefighter was pulled to safety and was not seriously injured.

During that moment, a rare mayday call was issued. A call of that type has not happened in several years.

"We do not call maydays very often for fires, but when we do, we realize that there is something very wrong that has gone on," said Mike Drivdahl, Public Information Officer for the the Fort Worth Fire Department. "I don't call it luck. I don't think we were lucky today -- our fire department trains a lot. We have very good firefighters that are very good at what they do."

Investigators are still working to determine what sparked the fire inside the home. No other injuries were reported.

The fire department said it appears the house was for sale but it most likely considered a total loss due to the damage.

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