Detroit firefighter hurt after building collapses

The Detroit News

Detroit — A firefighter was injured Wednesday morning after he jumped about 40 feet from a fire ladder truck bucket when a building partially collapsed.

Fire crews were battling the commercial building blaze near Harper and Hastings at the vacant Fisher Auto Plant when a section of the structure went down, according to the Detroit Fire Department.

The fire erupted around 7:30 a.m.

Two firefighters were in the bucket near a southeast corner of the building when it started to collapse. One of the firefighters, in his 30s, jumped out of the bucket to safety and fell about 40 feet.

"It appeared, at the time, a portion of the building was coming directly at the ladder," said Second Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Dougherty with the Detroit Fire Department.

Detroit Fire Department crews respond to a fire at the former Fisher body plant. A firefighter was injured when the building partially collapsed.

The firefighter, first treated at the scene, was in stable condition when he was transported to a local hospital. He was initially knocked unconscious but then came to, Dougherty said.

"He knew who he was," he said. "He knew where he was. He's a great firefighter — a young guy. He's probably got about 10 years on the job now."

The second firefighter remained in the bucket and was not injured.

The fire erupted around 7:30 a.m. Crews had also been called to the scene at 4:30 a.m. to respond to an earlier fire, said Captain Gerod Funderburg of the Detroit Fire Department.

The fire is considered suspicious, he said.

Arson investigators were on the scene.