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Md. firefighter injured when roof collapses underneath him

The Anne Arundel County firefighter was ventilating the building when the roof collapsed

By Laura French

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. — A Maryland firefighter was injured when the roof of a burning building collapsed while he was on top of it.

Anne Arundel County firefighters responded to the fire at a motel Monday night, where a one-story vacant building on the property was on fire, according to CBS Baltimore.

The firefighter was working on the roof to ventilate the structure when the roof gave way underneath him, causing him to fall 15 feet, officials said.

The firefighter was transported with minor injuries and has since been released from the hospital after treatment.

The building, which had previously housed a pool but was being used for storage at the time of the fire, reportedly had a smoke alarm installed but it did not alert. Most of the fire was extinguished within 10 minutes of firefighters arriving. The blaze was deemed accidental and caused an estimated $25,000 in damage.