Two firefighters injured in Clark County fire

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

CLARK COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Firefighters responded to a fire Wednesday evening in Clark County, and while putting out the fire, two firefighters were injured.

Clark County and Winchester fire units were called to a fire at a house on Bybee Road in Clark County Wednesday evening.

The fire caused extensive smoke and water damage to the second level of the home. While fighting the fire, two firefighters received non-life threatening injuries.

"We have to be as careful as we can but yet aggressive at the same time because we have to fight the fire," said Batt. Chief Ernest Barnes, with the Clark County Fire Department. "So we have to calculate the risk and measure the risk versus the benefit and decide what we're going to do at that point."

One was transported by ambulance to the hospital for a back injury, and the other was treated on the scene for heat exhaustion. Both are more than 20-year veterans in firefighting.

"It can happen to anyone," said Batt. Chief Barnes. "We just have to take care and take caution and try our best to be as cautious as we can but still aggressive when we need to be."

The battalion chief tells us the fire started from a bathroom vent in the attic of the home.

All in all, everyone is okay. Thankfully, these firefighters pulled together as a team to help one another.

"We work together so much. We're always together. We practically live together for a third of our lives, so when someone gets injured, it's just like an injury at home," said Batt. Chief Barnes. "We all kick in, the training kicks in, and we just help out and do whatever we can for them."

As for the house, it's not destroyed, and the homeowner is doing alright as well. We are told he is finding somewhere else to stay for the night.

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