Burning House's Collapsing Ceiling Injures NY Firefighter

July 29, 2020
A Buffalo firefighter was taken to the hospital after more than 100 pounds of drywall and plaster fell on her head while she battled a residential blaze in the city's Parkside neighborhood.

A New York firefighter was injured after large piece of ceiling fell on her head during a house blaze Tuesday.

The fire broke out shortly before 3 a.m. at a home that had been split into eight apartments in Buffalo's Parkside neighborhood, WGRZ-TV reports. The building, however, was vacant while it was being renovated.

While battling the flames, a firefighter was struck on the head by more than 100 pounds of drywall and plaster when a ceiling inside the burning building collapsed, Division Chief Daniel Bossi told WGRZ. She was carried out of the house on a backboard and was taken to the hospital to have her spine and neck evaluated.

Although the fire wasn't large, the size of the building and the way it had been divided into more units created issues for firefighters, Bossi told WGRZ. Heat and humidity also made putting out the blaze physically challenging, he added.

The fire did around $100,000 worth of damage to the house, and the cause is under investigation.