Video: Wall collapses on N.C. firefighters during structure fire
“If that wall had fallen 2 seconds earlier, we very likely would have paralyzed firefighters, if not worse,” Winston-Salem Fire Chief Trey Mayo said
By Bill Carey
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The fire chief of the Winston-Salem Fire Department released a video of a close call during a structure fire on Oct.5 as a reminder of the dangers firefighters face during structure fires.
Winston-Salem firefighters responded to a storage building fire on East Sprague Street at approximately 3:30 a.m. In the video of the fire, two firefighters outside of the building were struck by a partial wall collapse, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.
“If that wall had fallen 2 seconds earlier, we very likely would have paralyzed firefighters, if not worse,” Winston-Salem Fire Chief Trey Mayo said. “When you see fire trucks, police cars, and ambulances going up and down the road, think less about the interruption to your travel;, think about the people to whom they’re responding that are in need and think about the risk firefighters and police officers and emergency medical workers face by choice.”
WFMY reported that the two injured firefighters were transported to a hospital where they were treated and later released.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.