By Patrick Redmond, The News Sun:
One firefighter was seriously injured Saturday night fighting a fire at a Wolcottville area restaurant.
The firefighter, whose name was not released, suffered secaond and third-degree burns to his hands, said Stewart Bender, the Topeka Fire Department fire chief. He was transported to an Indianapolis hospital for treatment.
Bender said the two firefighters were working their way through the attic space of the Beauty and the Bull restaurant on Hackenburg Lake searching for the source of the fire when the fire flashed over, cutting off their escape. The men then called for help.
Bender said that mayday is every fire chief’s worse nightmare.
“I radioed up to them and told them to start hitting on the ceiling,” he said. Firefighters below in the restaurant were able to pinpoint were the men were by the sound of them pounding on the ceiling, and cut a hole in the ceiling and to rescue them.
Bender said the second firefighter in the attic at the same time suffered dehydration from his exposure to intense heat. He said that firefighter has since recovered.
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