Del Norte (Colo.) firefighter Adelmo Trujillo was airlifted to a hospital Wednesday after he fell while making his way to the second story of a motorcycle dealership that was on fire.
Trujillo fell from an area where guardrails were missing. He fractured seven ribs, broke an elbow and had blood in his lungs from the fall, the Alamosa News reports.
The Del Norte fire department was providing mutual aid to the South Fork Fire Department about 5:30 a.m. when the incident occurred, Chief Gilbert Trujillo told the paper. The chief is Adelmo’s older brother.
“Everything’s going well,” Chief Trujillo said. He said the chest tube that was inserted on Wednesday would likely be removed on Thursday, and medical staff would keep Demo Trujillo for observation. It did not appear as of Wednesday night that he would have to have surgery.
According to the department’s Facebook page, Firefighter Trujillo could be coming home as early as Friday.