Firefighter hurt while battling Harrisburg fire

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A firefighter was injured while battling a fire early Wednesday that displaced more than 20 people from six Harrisburg homes, according to the fire chief.

The firefighter was taken to Penn State Hershey Medical Center after he fell from a roof to an alleyway between two buildings in the 600 block of Geary Street.

Fire Chief Brian Enterline said the injured firefighter was treated at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and released later in the morning. He will require several weeks of rehab, but is expected to make a full recovery.

The fire was reported at around 2:40 a.m.and began at 610 Geary before spreading to five other homes. It took firefighters nearly an hour to bring the flames under control. No other injuries were reported.

An American Red Cross spokeswoman said volunteers were assisting 21 people who were displaced with lodging, food, clothing and comfort kits. The residents of 618 and 620 were allowed to return to their homes later in the day.

Enterline said the damage to the involved homes is in excess of $280,000.

The cause has not yet been determined.

 

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