Firefighters Go to Hospital

1 decade 1 year 9 months ago Monday, February 05 2007 Feb 5, 2007 Monday, February 05, 2007 1:10:38 PM CST February 05, 2007 in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Four St. Louis firefighters were checked out at a hospital after their fire truck ignited inside their engine house. It happened around 4 a.m. yesterday at Engine House 24. Darian Benford was on watch duty, while other firefighters slept. They had returned from a call about an hour earlier. He smelled smoke coming from the truck and found the engine of his pumper was on fire. Because their firefighting equipment was on the burning truck, the four used fire extinguishers and a garden hose to put out the flames. Their breathing equipment was also on the truck. Benford says the firefighters had to be treated for smoke inhalation. He also suffered a back injury. The firehouse itself wasn't damaged and a replacement pumper is on call.

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