Fire Captain Hurt While Fighting Blaze

From Times Staff Reports

A fire captain was injured while battling a blaze in Irvine early Friday after the burned-out second floor collapsed, officials said.

Bill Valdez, 47, a 25-year veteran, was treated at a local hospital for a shoulder injury, said Kirk Summers, a spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority. Two other firefighters were treated at the scene for heat exhaustion.

The fire started about 1:19 a.m. Summers said.

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