Two Mobile firefighters were injured early this morning fighting a fire at a vacant house.
Steve Huffman, Public Information Officer with the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department, said Captain Clay Lyons and Firefighter Pat Henderson were injured when two heavy objects fell from the attic and struck the two men.
The fire was reported around 4:00 a.m.. It happened at a vacant home, Huffman said on Lincoln Boulevard in Mobile.
“Firefighters had been told the structure had been vacant for about six months, was used for storage, and that one of the caregivers had been on the scene approximately 8:00 p.m. Friday,” said Huffman in a press release to FOX10News. “While fighting the fire, what is believed to be a heavy wooden object fell from the attic and struck Captain Clay Lyons on the head, knocking him to the ground where he landed on a large screen television and Firefighter Pat Henderson had a heavy object strike him on the foot.”
Both men were taken to Spring Hill Medical Center for treatment.
Fire investigators say the fire appears to have started in the front bedroom and quickly spread to the attic and roof.
When firefighters arrived, heavy smoke and flames were seen coming from the roof of the single story wood frame house. Huffman said there were no utilities connected to the structure and the fire does not appear suspicious at this time.
The investigation into the cause of the fire continues.
The fire, say investigators, caused approximately $50,000 in damages.