Saline Valley firefighter injured while responding to Thanksgiving fire

A Saline Valley Fire Protection District firefighter was injured when a piece of drywall fell on him while responding to a fire on Thanksgiving (Nov. 22), Chief Bob Dunn said.

Saline Valley Fire was called at about 10 a.m. for a small fire in the furnace area of an apartment complex in the 200 block of Sunset View Drive in unincorporated Fenton. The fire was in the attic and was mostly smoke when firefighters arrived, Dunn said.

While extinguishing the fire, which took about 20 minutes, the firefighter who drove the truck to the complex was bringing in a ladder when drywall fell on his head. The firefighter, who was not wearing a helmet, was transported to an area hospital, where he was treated and released a couple of hours later, Dunn said.

The fire forced two occupants out of their apartment, but they were able to go to another vacant unit in the complex while the fire was brought under control. There was no damage to their apartment, and they were able to return to it after the fire was extinguished, Dunn said.

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