Palm Bay Fire-Rescue firefighter suffered a neck injury Sunday after a piece of dry wall fell on him while working on a house gutted by heavy flames in the northwest section of the city, authorities reported.
The fire was reported about 12:40 p.m. Sunday in the 1700 block of Macklin Street at an empty home. The flames were so intense that a portion of the roof collapsed as firefighters worked to control the fire. The unidentified firefighter was taken to Palm Bay Hospital by ambulance where he was treated for the injury, officials said. The house was destroyed by the fire, officials reported.
“The house is pretty much gone,” said Sgt. Tim Lancaster of the Palm Bay Police Department. “It was a vacant house and no one was in the house at the time of the fire. It’s unsure what the cause is at this point,” he added.
There were also reports that flames were seen coming through the roof. An investigation is underway.