TOLEDO, Ohio – A house fire took a dangerous turn for four firefighters, leaving them injured by an unexpected explosion while battling the blaze early Saturday morning. Despite the harrowing ordeal, authorities are optimistic that the firefighters will make a full recovery.
The Toledo Fire & Rescue Department reported that the firefighters were inside the home, working to extinguish the fire, when the explosion occurred. According to Toledo Fire Chief Allison Armstrong, the explosion happened about 20 minutes after they received the call, prompting a mayday call as they realized they were missing some of their crew. One firefighter was even blown out of the garage and onto the ground.
Thankfully, the fire department was able to locate all of the firefighters quickly after the explosion. While three of them were taken to the hospital for further evaluation, none of the injuries seemed to be life-threatening. The residents of the home were able to escape unharmed, thanks to the timely alert from their smoke alarms.
The cause of the explosion remains unclear, and authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. Additionally, it was reported that three cats in the home managed to escape as well, but the family members have been unable to locate them.
The community has come together to show support for the injured firefighters and to assist in the search for the missing pets. The incident serves as a sobering reminder of the risks and sacrifices that firefighters and first responders face in the line of duty. As the investigation unfolds, the fire department and the local community remain vigilant in their efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone involved.