December 21, 2004
A kitchen fire in Golden Gate injured two firefighters when part of the ceiling collapsed Monday, fire officials said. The fire at 4112 23rd Place Southwest began around 10:30 a.m. and caused an undetermined amount of damage to the home. Two Golden Gate firefighters suffered injuries, said Victor Hill, the department’s public information officer. One firefighter, a 10-year veteran lieutenant, suffered neck and back injuries when a portion of the ceiling collapsed. The firefighter was treated and released from Cleveland Clinic Florida Naples on Monday but will miss about a week of work. “If it had just been drywall it wouldn’t have been a big deal, but it was this kind of concrete mixture,” Hill said. The second firefighter hurt was an engineer who has worked at the department for about two years, Hill said. He suffered a minor shoulder injury but returned to work shortly afterward. Hill said the department refused to release the names of the injured firefighters. “My deputy chief isn’t going to release the names of our guys who got hurt. He doesn’t like to. I don’t know that we have to,” Hill said. Hill said the state Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire’s cause. That’s standard procedure when a firefighter is injured, Hill said. “If anything, this fire serves as another example of why it’s important to keep an eye on anything you’re cooking. Never leave your stove unattended, as that is the leading cause of the fires we respond to in Golden Gate,” Hill said in a press release about the fire.