Multiple firefighters injured in Tuscumbia apartment fire

Three firefighters were taken to Helen Keller Hospital after suffering injuries while battling a fire Saturday morning.
Published: Feb. 11, 2023 at 12:23 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 12, 2023 at 10:08 AM CST
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TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WAFF) - Three firefighters were taken to Helen Keller Hospital for burn treatment after battling a fire Saturday morning in Tuscumbia.

WAFF’s newspaper partner, The Times Daily, reports that dozens of firefighters arrived on the scene of an apartment fire around 7:15 a.m. Saturday. Tuscumbia Fire Chief David Pate says the flames had already breached the roof when crews arrived at Colonial Gardens Apartment.

Pate said that three firefighters and one resident were taken to the hospital with minor injuries and have all been released. According to Pate, the three firefighters and tenant had to dive out of the second floor due to the fire.

Luis Trejo, a resident who works overnight, had just returned from his shift when he saw the fire and took action. Trejo said that he started banging on doors to get everybody out of the building when he saw the fire start to grow.

Crews from the Sheffield and Muscle Shoals fire departments along with volunteer firefighters from Cherokee, Nitrate City, Colbert Heights and Locust Shores all assisted the Tuscumbia Fire Department.

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