2 firefighters injured in Port Richmond fire

February 17, 2008 9:37:58 PM PST
Two Philadelphia firefighters were hurt in Port Richmond Sunday night. They were responding to a house fire on the 1800 block of East Clearfield Street. One firefighter fell two stories and the other suffered an electrical shock. Both are expected to recover.

Investigators say the home was apparently rigged with an illegal electrical hook up and that may have sparked the fire.

Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers and other brass stood outside the Temple emergency room comforting one of the injured firefighter's wives when she arrived and escorted her inside. Her husband, who officials are not naming, is 23-year veteran of the department.

Commissioner Ayers says, "As far as whether something collapsed and he fell or whether he fell off the roof, we're still trying to figure that out."

Deputy Chief Tom Garrity tells us, "At this time the report I have he's in great shape, and possibly, possibly a fractured ankle or foot."

Commissioner Ayers says an illegal wiring hookup appears to have started the fire. A second firefighter was shocked because of the exposed wiring. He was taken to Northeast Hospital and is in good condition.

The fire damaged two homes. 5 people had to be evacuated, none of which were hurt. Both firefighters are expected to make full recovery.

Both firefighters are expected to remain hospitalized overnight. L&I is now investigating the blaze.