A Fresno firefighter was badly burned Sunday after he fell through the roof of a burning home.
Dramatic video shows the firefighter walking on the roof of the garage and ventilating it when it suddenly collapses and swallows the firefighter.
Seconds later, a massive plume of smoke billows from the hole and fire shoots out of the roof. In the video, bystanders are heard screaming in horror while others are pleading for help, yelling “Get him out!”
Then several firefighters quickly ripped off the home’s garage door and pulled their fellow firefighter from the blaze within three minutes.
They removed his gear and hosed him down with water. Video footage shows the firefighter’s legs were burned.
The 25-year veteran suffered second- and third-degree burns to 65% to 75% of his body, according to the Fresno Fire Department. Fresno Fire Chief Kerri Donis told reporters that 40% of his body suffered third-degree burns.
He remained in critical condition Monday.
“Fresno firefighters have pulled together in this tragic time and are fully supporting the firefighter's family in their time of need,” the Fire Department said.
“We are family, brothers and sisters, and as you can see here we rally around each other and are very supportive,” Donis said.
The Fire Department is investigating the cause of the blaze.
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