Two firefighters hurt battling Forest Grove house fire
Two firefighters with Forest Grove Fire & Rescue were injured while fighting a house blaze on Friday, officials say.
Rescuers rushed to the home on Ridge Point Drive in western Forest Grove around 4:13 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, according to a release — and arrived to find "heavy" smoke emanating from the garage.
Firefighters attacked the flames, confining the blaze to the garage and saving the rest of the house from significant damage. But while searching for hotspots, a shelf made of plywood and lumber above the garage door collapsed onto one firefighter, knocking him to the ground. Another firefighter was struck in the leg.
"Other firefighters on scene immediately started to pull the debris off of the trapped firefighter and pulled him from the dangerous area," according to a news release. A mayday call was sent out as a precaution, but the fire was downgraded to one alarm after everyone had evacuated.
Crews found that the first firefighter could stand up on his own. Both injured crew members were treated at the scene and then taken to the hospital by ambulance and treated for minor sprains. They have since been released.
Officials say no one was home when the fire ignited. Its cause is still under investigation.
Fire crews from Cornelius, Gaston and Banks assisted during the blaze, as well as local police, ambulance crews and utility workers.
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