Video: Houston firefighter falls through roof at house fire

Crews sent out a mayday because they were unable to pull him out; the firefighter is expected to be OK

HOUSTON — A firefighter survived a close call after falling through the roof of a burning house Friday.

ABC13 reported that the firefighter, with the Houston Fire Department, was cutting a hole in the roof of the home when he fell through. The rest of his crew tried to reach into the hole to pull him out and later sent a mayday call.

"He fell through in such a way that the guys that were on the roof weren't able to pull him out," Deputy Chief Herman Gonzales said. "Anytime a firefighter calls a mayday like that, we call for extra help. But before that, extra help out went out to the dispatcher he was already located and extricated quickly."

The firefighter was trapped for about 30 seconds.

"Luckily there was a crew that was underneath, they got a ladder, positioned his legs on the ladder and then brought him down safely," Gonzales said.

The firefighter is expected to be OK. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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