Ariz. firefighter struck by bullet during house fire

The firefighter, who was struck in the face with a bullet, received medical attention but is OK


GILBERT, Ariz. — A firefighter escaped injury when live ammunition began discharging during a house fire Sunday morning.

Fox 10 Phoenix reported that the Gilbert Fire Department received several calls about a house on fire. When they arrived, ammunition fired off for about half an hour, creating confusion and concern among firefighters and neighbors.

"Apparently the homeowner may have been reloading some ammunition in his garage and something went wrong,” Capt. Gary Hilderbrandt said.

The firefighter, who was struck in the face with a bullet, received medical attention but is OK, according to the report.

"Fortunately he did have his mask on and so he was not harmed at all," said Capt. Gary Hilderbrandt.

The homeowner suffered minor injuries.

"He did have some burns to his face and his hands, and so we transported him to Maricopa County Burn Unit for treatment," Capt. Hilderbrandt said. 

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