Two firefighters returned to work on Thursday after they rushed into a burning house to rescue their own. Four firefighters are currently in the hospital with severe burns.
Channel 2’s Lauren Pozen spoke with one of the firefighters injured in the fire. One of his fellow firefighter who responded to the scene, said in all his years of experience, it was the worst fire he’s ever seen.
“Going through what we went through, its going to take time. Please keep praying for these firemen,” said LaGrange fire Sgt. Chris Greathouse, who helped battle the blaze.
Lt. James Ormsby went back at work Thursday after suffering from smoke inhalation.Sean Guerrero received minor injuries in the fire, but was not available for an interview.
Ormsby said his four brothers who are recovering from the fire, weighs heavy on his heart.
“We know the guys aren’t here. It’s hard to see the vehicles in the parking lot knowing they are hurting we have to just keep on,” Ormsby said.
Firefighters said they were called out early Monday morning to a home along Revis Street.
They thought someone was inside. Greathouse said conditions changed fast.
“When the mayday call came out, we went in to get them and that was probably the worst thing I ever felt — to know I have to go in there and get my guys,” Greathouse told Pozen.
An air-conditioning unit and freezer blocked a window for the men to get out of.
“When I pushed on the freezer the second time it flew across the porch. A firefighter’s hand come out the window and I just grabbed it,” Greathouse said.
Four fire fighters — Joshua Williams, Pete Trujillo, Jonathan Williamson and Jordan Avera – were severely burned in the fire.
Ormsby said if wasn’t for their training, the incident could have had a different ending.
“These guys went in as a team, they went in as an attack team, they went in as a rescue team and they came out in the same fashion,” Ormsby told Pozen.
While the remaining four injured firefighters recover, Ormsby and Greathouse told Pozen that hearing from the community means so much to firefighters.
You can send a card to any of them to the LaGrange Fire Department at 115 Hill Street, LaGrange, GA 30241.
A GoFundMe account has also been set up to help support the firefighters.