N.C. Captain Hospitalized, Recovering from Burns

GREENSBORO — The Greensboro firefighter most seriously injured battling a blaze at an auto body shop Thursday afternoon is still recovering this morning.

Capt. Thomas Sterling Suddarth was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem for burns and other injuries.

On Friday morning he was doing well, said Deputy Chief Clarence Hunter with the Greensboro Fire Department.

Hunter hoped to have additional details after speaking with Suddarth's wife this morning.

Suddarth was one of four firefighters injured extinguishing a fire at Import Knight Auto Repair at 811 S. Elm St. The fire broke out at the shop about 12:45 p.m.

Suddarth and the other three firefighters — Senior Firefighter Matthew Clapp, Senior Firefighter Bryan Bachemin and Capt. Shane Boswell — were injured soon after the fire started and the roof collapsed, according to fire officials. All but Suddarth were released from the hospital Thursday evening.

Firefighters have been at the fire over night, putting out hotspots, Hunter said. Firefighters have rotated crews every four hours.

Investigators are expected to be on the property today, to start an investigation on the cause of the fire, Hunter said.

About 50 firefighters were at the business to extinguish the blaze initially, Hunter said.

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