UPDATE: Parkersburg Fire Chief talks about injured firefighter

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 3/11/2020 5:09 P.M.

A Parkersburg firefighter was injured responding to a house fire on Latrobe Street Wednesday morning.

Officials say he was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center with what appeared to second degree burns on his shoulder and upper back. He was treated and released before noon.

Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews says the injured firefighter was returning from a search of the house when he was burned by a growing fire in the living area of the home.

“Rescue crew went in just to do a quick search,” said Matthews. “As they went in and added that oxygen into the atmosphere and into the building, the fire was able to take off a little bit. By that time they were already passed the fire and had to come back through the fire, where a larger amount of fire to exit the building where the front door was.”

That’s when the unnamed firefighter was burned. Matthews says the firefighter had what looked like second degree burns on his shoulders and upper back. He was transported to WVU Camden Clark Medical Center, where he was treated for those burns and released just before noon.

Chief Matthews says his department hasn’t had many injuries in the past.

“We have a dangerous job,” said Matthews. “This was just an accident that happened. Our normal job is to send rescue crews in to search and they were in there doing their job and kind of got blocked from the exit when the fire really took off.”

Matthews says the department will look at the situation to see if anything may have gone wrong and correct any issue.

The fire was out within ten minutes of the Parkersburg Fire Department’s arrival. They received the call around 10:15 a.m. Parkersburg Police and a Camden Clark ambulance also responded to the scene.

Chief Matthews says he was told the house is vacant, but there are people in-and-out frequently.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

UPDATE: 3/11/20 12:25 P.M.

A Parkersburg firefighter injured Wednesday morning while fighting a blaze at a vacant house has been released from the hospital, Fire Chief Jason Matthews said.

The man was taken to the hospital by ambulance with what appeared to be second-degree burns on his shoulder and upper back after the fire at 1113 Latrobe St., Matthews said.

The cause of the fire remainder under investigation.


ORIGINAL STORY: 3/11/20

A firefighter was taken to the hospital to be treated for burns Wednesday morning after a vacant house caught fire in Parkersburg, a fire official said.

Firefighters responded to 1113 Latrobe St., about 10:15 a.m., and brought the fire under control within minutes.

The injured firefighter, who has not been identified, appeared to have second-degree burns on his shoulder and upper back, Fire Chief Jason Matthews said.

He was injured after a team of firefighters encountered a small fire in the living room after going into the home to make sure no one was inside the home, Matthews said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

We have a reporter at the scene and will have updates online and during WTAP News @ Noon.