Andrew Martel, The Winchester Star
Photo by Scott Mason
Two Frederick County firefighters fall to the ground as the porch overhang on which they were standing collapses on Monday afternoon. They were investigating a blaze at a home on Greenwood Road when the structure separated from the wall of the building
Two firefighters were injured Monday after they fell from a porch overhang while fighting a fire at a home on Greenwood Road.
One of the injured was a career firefighter, while the other was a volunteer from the Greenwood Fire and Rescue Company. They were transported to the Winchester Medical Center.
The injuries from the 10-foot fall appeared to be minor, said Frederick County Fire and Rescue Chief Gary A. DuBrueler.
They look like minor injuries to their legs. It wasnt anything serious, he said.
No one was inside the one-story home at 175 Greenwood Road Monday afternoon, and no one else was injured. Attempts to reach the woman who rents the home were unsuccessful.
Rescue workers had stepped onto the porch overhang so they could crawl through an attic window, where the fire was located.
You heard a creak and then it just fell, said Carol Kendall, who lives next door.
A third firefighter held onto the attic window ledge and was rescued by a ladder, Kendall said.
The fire did relatively little damage to the home, limiting itself mostly to the attic where it broke out, said Frederick County Fire Marshal Dennis D. Linaberg.
The cause of the fire is expected to be electrical, Linaberg said. He estimated the damage at $3,000 to $4,000.
It was drywall and insulation for the most part, he said. There was practically no structural damage, Linaberg said.
After the fire was contained, firefighters shoveled out a window a two-foot pile of ash that had fallen through a hole in a bedroom ceiling. A toy car and water-soaked stuffed animal were half-buried in the pile.
Linaberg said he cannot recall the last time two Frederick County firefighters were injured.
Its been quite a while, he said.
Friendship Fire and Rescue Company also responded to the incident.