Four Batavia firefighters injured battling blaze

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 7:14 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Four Batavia firefighters suffered minor injuries fighting a house fire Tuesday morning at 308 S. Harrison St.

Three of the firefighters were treated at the scene, and one was treated at a local hospital and released. The firefighters were hurt after a fall inside the house, Batavia Deputy Fire Chief Randy Banker said.

“One was on a ladder, and the other three were working on the stairs below,” Banker said.

All of the occupants in the house were able to get out safely. However, the owner was treated at the scene for a minor injury after ceiling material fell on him as he was escaping from the house, Banker said.

The fire caused an estimated $175,000 in damage and left the house uninhabitable.

“It is a total loss,” Banker said. Six people were in the house at the time of the fire, he said.

When firefighters arrived at the scene at 5:47 a.m., the single-family home was fully engulfed, with fire on all three floors and through the roof.

“There was a significant amount of fire,” Banker said.

Firefighters had the blaze under control at 6:30 a.m. The origin and cause of the fire is under investigation, Banker said.

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