Firefighter Falls From First Floor To Basement While Battling Blaze

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Investigators said that the blaze that resulted in a firefighter being injured Friday morning was arson.

The East Gates Street house fire started around 3:05 a.m.

When crews arrived, they found heavy smoke and flames pouring from the house. It was not clear if anyone lived in the home.

The firefighter, whose identity was not released, suffered fractures to his ribs and back when he fell from the first floor of the home to the basement.

The 25-year Columbus Fire Department veteran was able to crawl up the basement steps.

“Momentarily, (he) laid there to get his wits about himself, as anybody would that falls six or seven feet, and realizes he is injured,” Columbus Fire Department Battalion Chief Patrick Ferguson said. “Then, at that time, he makes his way around to crawl.”

Investigators later determined that multiple small fires were set inside the home. Neighbors described seeing multiple people leaving the home around the time the blaze took over the house.

The injured firefighter was transported to Grant Medical Center. He was expected to be released later in the day.

In all, the fire caused around $70,000 in damage. Investigators said that they had multiple people of interest and were working to track them down.

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