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Firefighter injured while battling mobile home fire near Kearneysville

June 20, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. — A firefighter was in stable condition at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center after being injured Monday morning while attacking a mobile home fire in Jefferson County, Shepherdstown (W.Va.) Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Craig Simpson said.

The name of the firefighter, who Simpson said is in his 20s, was not released. He is a member of the Shepherdstown department, Simpson said. He was expected to be released from the hospital Tuesday.

“The only thing we know is he fell through a floor,” Simpson said.

Another firefighter pulled the man out of the floor and shoved him out a window of the burning home, Simpson said later.

“We were very fortunate it was not worse,” Simpson said.

Firefighters were dispatched at 10:51 a.m. to the mobile home at 106 Ole Barn Road in Fox Glen mobile home community near Kearneysville, Simpson said.

The old model home was “pretty much destroyed,” Simpson said.

The cause of the fire was being investigated by the fire department and the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office, Simpson said.

A female at the home was able to get out of the residence unharmed, Simpson said. No other structures were damaged, Simpson said.

Joining Shepherdstown in fighting the blaze were firefighters and personnel from Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Department, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and City of Martinsburg in Berkeley County; Citizens Fire Co., Independent Fire Co. and Bakerton Volunteer Fire Department in Jefferson County; and Sharpsburg in Washington County. The Jefferson County Ambulance Authority also responded, Simpson said.

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