Firefighter hurt battling house fire near Churchill Downs

Firefighter hurt battling house fire near Churchill Downs
One firefighter was hurt in the line of duty Wednesday night. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
One firefighter was hurt in the line of duty Wednesday night. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
(Source: WAVE 3 News)
(Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - One firefighter suffered a burn injury in the line of duty, while working to put out a large house fire near Churchill Downs.

The fire was reported around 8:20 p.m. Wednesday in the 1600 block of Thornberry Avenue, off 7th Street Road in the Taylor Berry neighborhood.

When crews arrived they found the single story home engulfed in fire and heavy smoke. More than two dozen firefighters rushed to help.

One firefighter was burned. We do not know how bad the burn is, but the firefighter was rushed to University Hospital and is expected to recover.

Fire crews tell us everyone living in the home was able to get out safely.

It sounds like the fire started in the back of the home. There is a lot of damage to the house but they were able to put it out in less than 30 minutes, according to fire crews.

The chief said burn injuries still happen even with protective gear.

"Obviously, firefighting is a dangerous profession," Chief Greg Frederick said. "And when you're inside a dwelling like that, temperatures can be upwards of 400 or 500 degrees and even ceiling temperatures of 1000."

The arson unit is investigating.

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