Maryland Firefighter Battling Blaze Struck by Hose

July 22, 2008
The hose got tangled in the wheels of a fire truck and as it drove forward, the hose snapped and portion hit the firefighter, knocking him down.

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The Baltimore County Fire department has begun an investigation into an accident Monday night at a single alarm fire at the McCormick Spice Mill in Hunt Valley.

A firefighter was seriously injured when a hose snapped while he and other firefighters battled a fire.

Baltimore County Fire Department spokeswoman Elise Armacost says the hose got tangled in the wheels of a fire truck. She says when the truck drove forward, it snapped and portion hit the firefighter, knocking him down.

Armacost says the investigation will determine if proper safety procedures were followed.

Michael Day, President of the Baltimore County Fire Fighters Union, says he believes proper protocol was followed and that this was just a series of unfortunate events. Day is thankful that the outcome was not more serious.

The unidentified firefighter was flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore for treatment.

Armacost says the firefighter's most serious injury was to his left leg, but his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

The accident occurred at about 8:20 p.m. At 8:11 p.m., fire crews responded to a building fire at the McCormick spice mill at 10901 Gilroy Road. The first arriving crews found smoke exiting the roof as a result of a fire in the air handling system.

Firefighters controlled the fire quickly. Employees in the building when the fire broke out self-evacuated when the smoke alarms sounded.

The fire was accidental, the result of dirt and dust igniting in the air handling system.

Republished with permission of WBAL Radio.

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