Colo. firefighter injured fighting vehicle fire

During the firefight, an explosion occurred, sending metal pieces from the vehicle’s engine compartment flying, striking a firefighter

Daily Times-Call, Longmont, Colo.

A Berthoud firefighter was injured Saturday afternoon while battling a vehicle fire, when an explosion sent metal pieces from a van’s engine compartment toward firefighters. The firefighter was transported to a local hospital and was released, “having sustained no serious injuries,” according to a press release.

Berthoud Fire Protection District crews were called to the scene — an alley between Fourth and Fifth streets, just south of Massachusetts Avenue — at 3:21 p.m. to find one van heavily involved and another beginning to burn.

“The vehicle fire was threatening several nearby structures,” the release states. “Crew one began fire attack and quickly extinguished the fire. All neighboring homes and businesses were protected from damage.”

A second firefighter was also evaluated for possible injuries and was released with no injury.

The fire occurred in an area of businesses and residences about a half block north of Mountain Avenue, which was temporarily closed to traffic to provide engines and paramedics access to the scene.

Larimer County Sheriff’s Office deputies were on scene and will conduct the fire investigation to determine the cause of the fire, which is unknown at this time, according to the release.



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