A man who Brownwood firefighters helped out of a burning home Saturday went to the hospital with smoke inhalation, and three firefighters — two from Brownwood and one from Lake Brownwood — were injured in the blaze that destroyed the home.
Those were among the details Assistant Fire Chief Grady Shuey released about the fire that began at 3:30 p.m. in the home’s attic in the 1600 block of Avenue A. The
Three firefighters who were in the attic when a false ceiling collapsed, spreading the fire, had to bail out of a first-floor window, Shuey said.
A firefighter sustained a laceration to his forearm when he broke out the glass so three firefighters could escape, Shuey said. Another firefighter injured his shoulder as he tumbled down the stair from the attic, and the Lake Brownwood firefighter twisted his ankle when he stepped in a hole outside.
The cause is undetermined, Shuey and Fire Marshal Buddy Preston said.
Three people lived in the rented home including the man firefighters helped outside, Preston said. Two teenage twins also lived in the home. Preston did not know the relationship between the teens and the older man.
Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke in the home and began an interior search for occupants. Firefighters encountered the man who lived there crawling toward the front door and helped him outside. The man was disoriented and said the two teens were inside, but that proved to be inaccurate as firefighters found no one else in the home, Shuey said.
Fire investigators have not been able to learn any information about the fire from the man, Preston said.
Shuey did not release the names of the injured firefighters or the home’s occupants.