N.C. Firefighters Battle House Fire

A North Carolina firefighter was injured April 20 when a floor collapsed.

The firefighter was treated for a leg injury at a local hospital, and released.

Shortly before 6 a.m., Nash County, North Carolina fire departments from Battleboro, Red Oak and Salem were dispatched to a structure fire in the Battleboro section.

Crews from Battleboro reported that they had a one-story brick dwelling heavily involved and through the roof, with exposures of three automobiles.

Due to the lack of hydrants in the area,  the second due engine companies from Red Oak and Salem assisted Battleboro with a water supply using a drop tank.

Assistant Chief James Hardee of Battleboro Fire Co. said the residents told him that they had smelled smoke and got up to investigate.  They found the kitchen and hallway area heavily involved in fire, forcing them to escape through a window in the bedroom.

It took firefighters more than an hour to extinqush the blaze. The fire also destroyed one vehicle and damaged two other vehicles that were nearby. A few puppies died in the fire.

The fire is being investigated by the Nash County Fire Marshal's Office and the cause of the fire is undetermend. The American Red Cross is assisting the three occupants.