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Injured firefighter remains hospitalized

Posted at 1:01 PM, Jan 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-11 21:16:51-05

Only one of four injured Buffalo firefighters remain in the hospital, City officials say.

The firefighters were responding to a house fire on Butler Ave around 8:30 p.m. Thursday night. Fire officials say all of the four firefighters suffered steam burns while attempting to put out a fire in the attic of a two story home.

At one point, one of the men was separated from his line. Commissioner Bill Renaldo says he dropped down and exercised shallow breathing. Renaldo says he took off his gloves and attempted to activate his "man down" button, but was unsuccessful. Fellow firefighters found him, initiated a "mayday" call and brought him to safety. Officials say he has third degree burns to his hands and wrists. He remains at ECMC.

Three other firefighters were treated and released for first degree burns to their chest, back and arms.

The home was occupied at the time of the blaze, but the people who live inside were able to make it out okay.

Fire officials say although their protective gear is top of the line, it sometimes does not protect from steam burns.