PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. – Two firefighters were hospitalized Friday while battling a fire in Pittsylvania County after oxygen tanks exploded in the flames.
On Friday, crews were working to extinguish a fire coming from the basement of a single-story home.
Officials later discovered the fire was coming from an explosion from multiple oxygen tanks that were stored inside the home.
The two were taken to the hospital since one sustained second-degree burns while the other, who came out of the fire uninjured, was taken in for monitoring.
Both firefighters have since been released from the hospital.
Station 31 responded to a report of a structure fire with flames and smoke visible at 1842 hours. Engine 312, Engine 311, and Tanker 314 responded to the incident. 312s crew arrived on scene to find a single story structure with a basement with heavy fire showing from the Charlie and Delta side of the structure. Units immediately stretched a line and went into attack mode while command was being established. Approximately 15 minutes into the incident, there was an explosion inside the residence coming from multiple oxygen tanks that were stored inside the home which resulted in the injury of 2 Hurt Fire Department firefighters. Both firefighters went to a local hospital as a result of the explosion. One firefighter is being treated for moderate burns and the other suffered no injuries. This fire is under investigation by the Pittsylvania County Fire Marshalls at this time. Hurt Fire Department would like to thank Gretna Fire and Rescue, Renan Fire Department, Riceville Java Fire Department and Pittsylvania County Public Safety for there assistance with todays incident.