Two Firefighters Survive A Dangerous Situation

Two firefighters survive a dangerous situation following an overnight fire.

The fire broke out near Corbin in Whitley County.

Officials say it was at a house and two firefighters inside that house got caught after the roof collapsed.

It was a long night for firefighters with the Corbin Fire Department, they say they are like a brotherhood.

“No 2 fires are alike, no 2 fires start in the same spot,” Gary Price said.

In this case, officials say it was an electrical fire that started in the attic.

Ronnie Jewell was one of 6 firefighters working Sunday night and he says they train for at least one hundred hours a year.

“Just last shift we were doing training calls on mayday calls, firefighter down calls to dispatch,” Ronnie Jewell said.

The latest training they received came in handy Sunday night when both Ronnie Jewell and fellow firefighter Mike Neal were injured when the ceiling collapsed on them.

“I turned to look for the stairs and then after that I don't know what happened,” Mike Neal said.

“Next thing I knew, I had all my guys holding me on the ground trying to get my gear off me,” Ronnie Jewell said.

Both of them was taken to the hospital and suffered head, neck and shoulder injuries.

But they say they can't think about the possibility of getting injured on the scene.

“Everybody says well why would you want to run into a building when everyone's running out? Well to me that's courage, that wanting to save somebody else,” Jewell said.

No was home at the time of this fire, but they say they have to work just as just as hard to put a fire out in case someone's life is at risk.

“All emergency services, they're a brotherhood of all us, and we just try to keep going,” Price said.

The Chief of the Corbin Fire Department says both of the firefighters will be off for the next week while they recuperate from their injuries.

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  • by Sarah Location: The South on Jun 26, 2007 at 03:58 AM
    Glad the firefighters are still alive! Unlike the 9 Firefighters that were killed in South Carolina due to a roof collapse. Firefighters deserve alot of credit!!


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