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Tenn. firefighter critically injured in apartment fire collapse

Mt. Juliet officials say police officers rushed the injured firefighter to the hospital in a patrol car


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By Bill Carey

MT. JULIET, Tenn. — A Tennessee firefighter is in critical but stable condition after being injured in a collapse during an apartment fire Saturday.

Mt. Juliet firefighters responded to a fire at Glass Creek Apartments on Aug. 5, 2023. Officials believe a lightning strike caused the fire that burned the top floor and roof of the building, WSMV reported.

During the fire, three firefighters were caught in a collapse. Two firefighters were able to safely escape but a third was injured.

Due to the severity of the firefighter’s injuries, officials said he was put into a police car, taken to Summit ER, and later brought to TriStar Skyline Medical Center, WKRN reported.

“I would appeal to the community and just ask for prayers for our injured firefighter that has been hospitalized - prayers for him, his family, his coworkers that are so concerned for him and everyone that’s been involved here,” Mayor James Maness said.

There were no occupant injuries.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.