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Firefighter injured rescuing autistic man from house fire

The man suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns to 15 percent of his body


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A 25-year-old man with autism has been transferred to Vanderbilt Medical Center to be treated for 2nd and 3rd degree burns to 15% of his body.

Senior firefighter Chris Medley suffered minor burns to his neck and ears and smoke inhalation while rescuing the victim. He remains at UT Medical Center.

Captain DJ Corcoran says that Medley went through the front door of the burning home, up the stairs, and found the victim in a back bedroom. He struggled with the victim, becoming trapped by advancing fire, and had to call for help. Engine 17's captain led the attack to fight the fire back enough so that Medley and the victim could escape.

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