The released firefighters are Lt. Jeremy Burke and firefighter
Oct. 19–Two of the three firefighters injured when a floor collapsed while they battled a fire Sunday in Northwest Austin have been released from the hospital and were resting at home Monday morning.
The released firefighters are Lt. Jeremy Burke and firefighter Willie Cook. The third injured firefighter, Jimmy Casares, remained at San Antonio Military Medical Center and is expected to be there for one to two weeks, according to the Austin Fire Department.
Firefighter Jimmy Casares remained at San Antonio Military Medical Center and is expected to be there for one to two weeks.
The three firefighters entered a burning building in search of a person they believed to be inside, but was actually out of town, the fire department said. While inside, the floor beneath them collapsed and they fell to the first floor. Burke and Cook managed to escape on their own, but Casares ended up trapped in the building for about 15 minutes, fire officials said.
Casares is a four-year veteran with the fire department.
All three firefighters work out of the station at RM 2222 and Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360).
No civilians were injured in the fire, but one Austin police officer was treated for smoke inhalation, fire officials said.
The fire occurred at the Dry Creek West Condominiums on Dry Creek Drive in Northwest Austin. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but is believed to be accidental.
It caused $2 million in damage and displaced up to 30 residents, fire officials said. The American Red Cross is assisting those residents.
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