Fayette County

Warm weather challenges firefighters working house fire

Lexington firefighter William Taylor, Station 22, cooled off Monday after a 10-minute shift of fighting a house fire in the 3000 block of Niles Drive. The fire, reported at 12:31 p.m., damaged two bedrooms. One firefighter was treated for a leg injury and several pets were treated for smoke inhalation.
Lexington firefighter William Taylor, Station 22, cooled off Monday after a 10-minute shift of fighting a house fire in the 3000 block of Niles Drive. The fire, reported at 12:31 p.m., damaged two bedrooms. One firefighter was treated for a leg injury and several pets were treated for smoke inhalation. cbertram@herald-leader.com

Lexington firefighters had to deal with more heat than usual Monday as they fought a house fire on Niles Drive.

Temperatures climbed into the high 80s as the fire department worked to put out a blaze that started in a bedroom.

The main challenge was keeping the firefighters hydrated as they worked in the heat, Battalion Chief Todd Reece said.

“They’ll go in, go through a cylinder of air and come back and drink a lot of water before we send them back in,” Reece said.

The firefighters’ gear is meant to resist heat, but Reece said it can hold heat in as effectively as it keeps heat out.

By working in 10-minute cycles and drinking lots of water, firefighters were able to put out the blaze safely, Reece said.

One firefighter fell and injured his knee, but he declined treatment and is expected to be OK, Battalion Chief Joseph Best said.

The fire damaged a bedroom, and there was smoke damage to the rest of the house, Reece said. An investigation is under way.

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