4 Indianapolis FFs injured in house fire
One firefighter was seriously injured as crews battled the blaze in extreme heat
By Laura French
INDIANAPOLIS — Four Indianapolis firefighters were injured, one seriously, battling a house fire in extreme heat on Monday afternoon.
All four firefighters sustained heat injuries and three were transported to the hospital, according to an Indianapolis Fire Department tweet. The fourth firefighter was treated at the scene and released.
Battling 2 kinds of intense heat, 4 #IFD FF's sustained heat injuries while battling a blaze at 7530 Timberfield Ln. 3 firefighters transported, 1 serious, 2 slight & 1 treated on scene & released. Occupants told crews they smelled smoke & found 🔥in the garage. They evacuated. pic.twitter.com/7AbatR7hJl— IFD NEWS (@IFD_NEWS) July 6, 2020
"In this heat & humidity, carrying around 75lbs of gear is no joke," another fire department tweet read. The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes, officials said, and neighbors from the area brought water coolers to help firefighters cool off.
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in Indianapolis reached a high of 92 degrees on Monday afternoon.
The residents of the home evacuated safely with their dog, and firefighters also managed to rescue a guinea pig from the blaze. No other injuries were reported.
In this heat & humidity, carrying around 75lbs of gear is no joke. After marking the 🔥 at 7530 Timberfield Ln under control (30 minutes), FF's shed gear, found a shaded spot & cooled off as much as possible. Area neighbors brought over much appreciated coolers of water. TY pic.twitter.com/cqSfrScZy8— IFD NEWS (@IFD_NEWS) July 6, 2020