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2 CAL FIRE firefighters injured in vehicle fire, hospitalized

Crewmembers were doing maintenance on a transport truck at the Placerville Fire Center when the vehicle’s engine compartment ignited



Rosalio Ahumada
The Sacramento Bee

PLACERVILLE, Calif. — Two CAL FIRE firefighters were hospitalized at UC Davis Medical Center after they were injured in a vehicle fire Sunday evening in Placerville.

The employees assigned to the CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit were injured in the vehicle fire that occurred at about 7 p.m. at the Placerville Fire Center, according to CAL FIRE.

The injured firefighters were being treated at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CAL FIRE announced Tuesday evening. The firefighters were receiving support from their families, peers, CAL FIRE Local 2881 and CAL FIRE Employee Support Services “as they navigate treatment and healing.”

“Please keep our firefighters in your thoughts and prayers during the days and weeks ahead,” CAL FIRE officials said in a social media post.

CAL FIRE was investigating the cause of the vehicle fire.

The Mountain Democrat reported that the fire occurred as the CAL FIRE employees were conducting maintenance work on a crew transport truck at the facility at the former juvenile hall in Placerville. CAL FIRE told the Mountain Democrat that the vehicle’s engine compartment quickly ignited, and the employees burned themselves while trying to put out the rapidly-spreading fire.

South Tahoe Now reported that black smoke from the vehicle fire could be seen from a distance, and there were reports of an explosion.


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