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One firefighter injured in Lovejoy fire

Radio issues complicated firefighting effort
Posted at 2:59 AM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-12 09:31:59-04

One firefighter was injured during a fire on East Lovejoy Street early Tuesday morning. 

Heavy smoke and fire was seen pouring from the second story of a building, and radio communication issues complicated the fire fighting efforts.

Crews were called to the fire around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.  Soon after, this fire reached two-alarms.  That means there were nearly 60 firefighters at the scene.

Around 3:20, almost an hour into the fire, firefighters began reporting issues on the radio. Fire commissioner Garnell Whitfield told us that they ordered everyone to a different radio channel, which alleviated the problem for the most part.

"As you can imagine," Whitfield said, "communication is very important on the ground. We did have members that got in trouble a bit early on."

He added that they'll have to look into the communication problem.

One firefighter suffered a shoulder injury, and was transported to ECMC.

The Salvation Army was on the scene to assist two people displaced by the fire.

The couple, living in an upper unit of one of the buildings, was awoken by police officers and escorted outside to safety. They're uninjured.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.