Jan 6, 2013 9:42 PM

Firefighters Hurt While Battling Blaze In Morehead

Four firefighters were hurt Sunday morning working to put out a fire at an old dorm room on Morehead State University's campus.

"It was a little bit of a shocker you just don't ever expect that," says Harry Gunn,
the director of risk and compliance at Morehead State University.

Gunn got the call Sunday morning that his place of work was on fire. Flames were shooting from the roof of Downing Hall around 7:00. "As soon as I turned the corner at the athletic center I could tell it was the left center of the building," remembers Gunn.

No one was inside the building at the time and the building was mainly used for offices. Part of it was scheduled to be torn down this summer. Nonetheless, firefighters had a job to do and in the midst of fighting the flames, four of them were hurt.

"We were doing some overhaul operation. We were at the end of the building where we had some brick fall and knocked them to the ground," says Morehead City Fire Chief Jeff Anderson.

Two of the firefighters were taken to Saint Claire Hospital to be checked out for back injuries and possible broken bones. They were treated and released. "We just want to make sure they are OK," says Chief Anderson.

The firefighters were treated and and released from the hospital.

In the meantime, firefighters worked to save what they could of Downing Hall.

"Our firefighters did an amazing job. They've got fire walls that they made sure the fire didn't spread past those fire walls," says Gunn.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Crews say the fire alarm system was not working.


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