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Firefighter released from hospital after collapsing at house fire

The 10-year-veteran spent two days in the ICU and another four in the telemetry unit; his fellow firefighters are being credited for saving his life

PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. — A firefighter who collapsed while battling a house fire last Thursday has been released from the hospital.

The Mercury News reported that the name of the firefighter will not be released, but Phoenixville Fire Department Chief David J. Meadows said the man spent two days in the intensive care unit followed by four days in the telemetry unit.

The 10-year veteran was battling the house fire on Jan. 23 when he suffered a cardiac arrest, according to the report.

The man collapsed and firefighters around him immediately started CPR and administered two rounds of electric shock from an automated external defibrillator, according to the report.

The efforts paid off, according to Chief Meadows, because the firefighter regained consciousness before he was taken to the hospital via ambulance.