April 13, 2018 11:48 am
Updated: April 13, 2018 12:08 pm

Two firefighters injured battling North Preston blaze

Two firefighters were injured battling a blaze at this North Preston, N.S., home Thursday night.

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Two firefighters were taken to hospital Thursday night following a blaze in North Preston, N.S.

Fire crews were called to the home on Simmonds Street around 6:30 p.m.

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The home was unoccupied at the time, but firefighters conducted a search.

A set of stairs collapsed, sending one firefighter tumbling into the basement and sustaining a lower leg injury. A second firefighter pulled him out of the blaze, but somehow knocked his breathing apparatus from his face causing smoke inhalation.

“We’re quite proud of that firefighter,” said¬†divisional fire chief Dave Meldrum. “It was quite a significant effort to rescue their partner firefighter.”

Both were kept at the Dartmouth General Hospital for observation and later released.

A third firefighter injured his back in a separate incident while fighting the blaze.

The cause of the fire remains unclear.

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