Posted January 31, 2014 EST
Four Firefighters Injured In Greensboro Auto Repair Fire
(North Carolina) -
A fire in downtown Greensboro sent four firefighters to the hospital Thursday afternoon and smoke from the blaze could be seen billowing far from the downtown area. Greensboro Fire Department officials said the roof at Import Knight Auto Repair at 811 S. Elm St. collapsed as firefighters were battling the blaze.
The four injured firefighters were taken to local hospitals for treatment. The extent of their injuries was unknown. No other injuries were reported.
Officials described the fire as contained, but not yet extinguished as of 2 p.m.
Greensboro police had blocked the area surrounding the building and are re-directing traffic. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.
UPDATE, 5:30 p.m.:
Greensboro Fire Chief Greg Grayson provided an update on the condition of the four firefighters:
Capt. Sterling Suddarth was the most seriously injured of the four. He was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem for treatment of his injuries which are described as non life-threatening.
Firefighter Matthew Clapp is at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro receiving treatment for a non-life threatening injury to one of his legs.
Capt. Shane Boswell and firefighter Bryan Bachemin were both treated for minor injuries and released.
Written by Amy Dominello Braun