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Three firefighters injured battling house fire

Joseph Bivens (source: Louisville Fire & Rescue) Joseph Bivens (source: Louisville Fire & Rescue)
Chris Wahl (source: Louisville Fire & Rescue) Chris Wahl (source: Louisville Fire & Rescue)
Gerard Weiter (source: Louisville Fire & Rescue) Gerard Weiter (source: Louisville Fire & Rescue)

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Three firefighters were injured while battling a house fire early Monday in the Shelby Park neighborhood.

According to Louisville MetroSafe, the first crews were dispatched to the fire a 606 Camp Street just before 6:30 a.m.

Upon arrival, Louisville Fire & Rescue Capt. Sal Melendez says firefighters encountered heavy fire coming through the roof of the two-story wood frame single family dwelling.

Three firefighters were injured while battling the blaze inside, and one was hurt when part of the house collapsed on him about 7:30 a.m. The Firefighter Rescue Team was sent in, and the trapped firefighter was brought out about 15 minutes later.

Among the injured:

  • Thirty-six-year-old Joseph W. Bivens, 14-year veteran. He suffered first degree burns to the neck.

  • Thirty-year-old Gerard J. Waiter, Jr., a 6-year veteran. He suffered a sprained neck due to falling debris.

  • Thirty-seven-year-old Sgt. Christopher L. Wahl, a 12-year veteran was the only one trapped, and he sustained bruising to upper torso and lower extremities.

All three were treated at University of Louisville Hospital and released.

Two neighboring homes were also sustained fire damage and those residents were forced to leave. Melendez says 35 firefighters battled the blaze.

No one was found inside the home and arson investigators continue to look for what caused the blaze.

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