Firefighter injured in early morning blaze
A City of Orange Firefighter was injured fighting a fire in the early morning hours Thursday.
The Orange Fire Department responded to a house fire at 2:11 a.m. in the 1400 block of Louisiana. The single family residence was heavily involved when three engines arrived.
While inside the home extinguishing the blaze, firefighter Fontaine Headley was injured. His hand was slashed, possibly injuring the joint, when a heavy glass shelf fell and broke, cutting through Fontaine’s glove.
Orange Fire Chief, David Frenzel said that Headley was “taken to St. Elizabeth and treated …until we can get him to (Beaumont) Bone and Joint.” The injury requires further evaluation to determine the extent of the injury to the joint.
No other injuries were reported.
The fire was brought under control within 40 minutes with fire crews remaining on the scene until 5:40 a.m. extinguishing hidden fire and assisting the home owner.
The homes smoke detectors were not operational. Orange Deputy Fire Chief Jerry Ziller reminds citizens to “check the operation of their smoke detectors often and change the batteries each time they adjust their clocks for daylight savings time.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.