Two Fort Worth firefighters remain hospitalized after plane crash – NBC 5 Dallas Fort Worth

Two Fort Worth firefighters remain hospitalized after plane crash – NBC 5 Dallas Fort Worth

Two Fort Worth firefighters were taken to the hospital, one in critical but stable condition, after they became trapped inside a firetruck that overturned while responding to a call Tuesday night.

The call was for a house fire in the 4500 block of Pecos Drive.

Lance Treese rents a room in the home’s garage, but says he was asleep on the couch in the living room when the homeowner, who also lives there, smelled smoke.

“I opened the garage door and that’s when it all hit us in the face. Black smoke hit us all in the face and it was the heat too, it was really hot. Scary. It was scary,” said Therese.

He said he tried to prevent the fire from spreading until help arrived. He said seeing the fire engines brought relief, but he didn’t realize until about 12 hours later that one fire engine never made it.

“My heart, my prayers go out to his family, and to the first responder who was injured. He came here to save our lives and he really needed to save himself,” Trese said.

According to Fort Worth police, the single-vehicle accident occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. near the intersection of Wilbarger Avenue and Village Creek Road, about five minutes from the house fire.

While driving to the scene of the fire, officials said the fire engine driver lost control of the vehicle and the engine overturned, trapping two of the four firefighters inside. It does not appear that any other cars were involved.

“Their injuries range from strains, sprains and fractures, with one suffering a head injury,” Fire Chief Jim Davis said Tuesday afternoon.

The driver and rear passenger have been released from the hospital, while a firefighter in the back remains hospitalized, as well as the officer sitting in the right front passenger seat, who was the most affected, Davis said.

One firefighter is expected to undergo surgery Wednesday, while the other remains in critical condition with signs of improvement, according to an update from the Fort Worth Fire Department.

He said two good Samaritans stopped to help, but details remain sketchy as the investigation continues.

The Fort Worth Police Department is handling the investigation, and said Tuesday afternoon that it had not yet interviewed any of the firefighters aboard the truck, as it wanted to give them some time to rest and recover.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

A Fort Worth firefighter was one of four firefighters transported to hospitals after being involved in an accident en route to a house fire early Tuesday. Tonight, NBC 5’s Meredith Yeomans spoke with a man who lives in the house that caught fire.

Davis said the truck was on its ninth or 10th run of the day, and its second fire of the day.

“It’s a very busy engine company. It’s a very busy area of ​​town,” he said.

He said the crew was experienced on the job and in the area and was familiar with the route.

“One of the things that I think has not been determined yet is that there is construction in the area, there are some road changes, closures, bridge work, bridge maintenance,” he said, adding that he was not sure that had anything to do with the accident. But one possibility was under investigation.

Davis said the engine was not a ladder truck, but rather an engine with a water tank and hoses.

“These vehicles don’t handle the way our cars handle at home,” he said.

He said that all fire truck drivers undergo training and are certified by the state.

The truck crew has more than 70 years of experience, and the driver has more than a decade of experience behind the wheel, said Michael Glenn, president of Fort Worth Firefighters Local 440.

“They’re an experienced crew, they’re firefighters who want to be there,” Glenn said.

He was surprised to discover that of the more than 1,000 firefighters he represented, the two hospitalized were good friends of his.

“It was a tough pill to swallow this morning,” he said. “Two of them were my classmates, and we went to junior school together. We met on January 9, 2006.”

Glenn was at JPS Hospital in Fort Worth to meet their families.

“It’s hard when you see families and your loved ones waiting out there. Waiting to hear some good news. I pray they hear some good news,” he said.

He said the members planned to remain at JPS “around the clock” not only to monitor their members but to support the hospital staff who were caring for them.

“Our firefighters are always there for our community, and right now, we need the community’s prayers for their recovery and well-being,” Fort Worth Mayor Matty Parker said.

A different station responded to the fire at the home in Pecos, officials said. The initial call about the fire said there were four adults and two children in the home. Fire officials confirmed that one person was injured in the house fire, and the age of the victim and the severity of his injury are not yet known.

As the investigation continues, fire officials say it has been difficult to deal with an incident involving one of their own.

“It’s a little different dynamic when you show up and you know people who are hurt and injured. We talk about brotherhood and sisterhood a little bit in the fire service. This is one of those calls that goes out to the families. I mean some of these Families, we know their wives and kids and things like that.” “It’s hard to explain, but it definitely hits hard.” “When you roll over and look at the hurt faces and you know who these people are. So our crews are dealing with that.”

Police Chief Neil Noakes said his traffic investigators responded to the crash. He said every case is difficult, but even more so when it involves other first responders.

“I have to say, when it comes to someone you know, when it’s someone you work alongside, you serve alongside, someone whose mission is to help others and now they find themselves in need of help, that can be even more impactful for all people,” he said. Noakes: “First responders arrived at the scene.”

He asked neighbors to check their cameras for any footage leading up to or from the incident, as it may assist in the investigation.

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