Firefighter collapses while helping with evacuation

WARREN, Ind. (AP) - A firefighter who collapsed while helping
evacuate homes around an aluminum plant where a natural gas line
was cut remained hospitalized Wednesday in fair condition.
After Warren firefighter Ron Boxell collapsed Tuesday night, an
emergency medical technician gave him cardiopulmonary resuscitation
and used defibrillator paddles on him, said Warren Fire Chief Tim
Ford.
Boxell was airlifted to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, where
he was listed in fair condition Wednesday, a hospital spokeswoman
said.
Firefighters were called to Heartland Aluminum about 9:40 p.m.
Tuesday after workers clearing space for a Dumpster with a Bobcat
"got a little too deep" and severed a gas line, Ford told the
Herald-Press of Huntington.
Vectren Energy employees closed the line about 75 minutes later
at the plant in Warren, about 30 miles southwest of Fort Wayne.
Ford said Heartland Aluminum melts aluminum wheels and the plant
"had both of their burners going, so that was why I wanted to get
everybody out."

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