A brush fire turned into a rescue mission in Scioto County Thursday afternoon.
Two Vernon Township Volunteer Firefighters were injured while fighting a nearly four-acre fire.
Wyatt Henderson was burned when his wind machine on his back caught fire.
“He was burnt severely on his back and sides,” firefighter Rob Pyles said.
Pyles says responding to a fire involving a fellow firefighter is completely different.
“That throws a whole spin on the game,” Pyles said. “When we first got there I wasn’t aware we had an injury at first. Once I got our engine on the scene, I realized we had a firefighter down. My first instinct was just to take care of him, get him off the hillside, get him in the back of the ambulance and get him to the hospital.”
Pyles transported Henderson to SOMC. He was later flown to OSU’s Medical Center in Columbus.
Pyles says as soon as he transported Henderson, he got word that another firefighter was injured.
“Needless to say I didn’t let no grass grow under the truck on the way back. We got there as quickly as we could, safely as we could but quickly,” Pyles said. “Your adrenaline’s running … when it’s one of your brothers, your adrenaline is running.”
Chase Porter was flown to St. Mary’s Medical Center after falling down the hillside.
“He ended up with head injuries and back and neck injuries,” Pyles said.
Pyles says the South Webster Fire Department and Forestry Crews also responded to assist.
Pyles says several firefighters went to Columbus and Huntington Thursday night to be by Henderson and Porter.
Both are recovering and are expected to be OK. Henderson was released from the hospital Friday afternoon.
“We’ve eased up and we’re doing OK. We’re just trying to get our bearings back together, and we’re waiting on the next call,” Pyles said.
The state fire marshal’s is investigating to determine what caused the fire.