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Texas Volunteer Firefighters Escape Roof Collapse

Four firefighters were inside when the roof let go; RIT was in place, but not needed

By Jamey Boyum, KLTV

Four East Texas firefighters escaped a house fire just after the roof began collapsing. It happened in the 4800 block of FM 726 in Upshur County. KLTV spoke with the Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department Chief, who was in the house at the time of the collapse.

The Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department was called to a house fire about 4 a.m. at 4885 FM 726. According to Glenwood Assistant Fire Chief Mike Fennell and Chief Katiland Gray, they saw fire on their arrival.

“We rolled up on the scene and we had fire coming through the roof, and of course we didn’t know the extent of it,” Fennell said.

Several firefighters, including Chief Gray, entered the burning building to put out the blaze. The fire was in the attic and the roof suddenly partially collapsed while firefighters were inside.

“The closet door, when I went down the hallway; all of a sudden, roof, closet door all came down on me. I hit the ground and went to scrambling. I had my hose in my hand so I was like, OK, I’m all right. You just keep going. As long as you’re not hurt you just keep fighting,” Gray said.

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