Lexington Firefighter injured fighting suspicious fire

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Investigators with the Lexington Fire Department now tell us it appears a house fire, where a firefighter was injured, was intentionally set.

The firefighter, now identified as Jeremy Bruner, suffered minor injuries after debris fell on him.

The fire started on East Second Street near Midland before midnight.

Fire officials did not release any other details about the investigation, only saying it was suspicious.

Officials believe that fire started outside the home before spreading to the porch and the front of the home.

Two people were inside the home, one in a wheelchair, but officials say that both were able to safely make it out.

Terry Wallace was one of the people inside, who recalled what he saw late last night. "I got out on the porch and I didn't see her. So I opened up, tried to open up the storm door and I had to wiggle my way back in there to get the, get her out of there. Still coughing up black stuff, you know?"

But while crews were working to clean up after the fire, the porch overhang fell, hitting a Bruner.

The 11-year-veteran of the department was taken to UK hospital. A spokesperson for the fire department says he suffered a couple of cracked ribs. He is expected to be off for a few days before returning to the job.

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