Firefighter hospitalized after suffering burns while battling fire in Waller Co., officials say

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Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Firefighter injured while battling Waller County grass fire: Officials
A firefighter was taken to the hospital Tuesday afternoon, but is in good spirits, after officials say he suffered burns during a Waller County fire.

WALLER COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- One firefighter was hospitalized for burns, and another firefighter at a different scene was treated for heat exhaustion Tuesday afternoon as Waller County crews battled two different fires.

Crews were battling a fire along FM 362, which spread 25 acres and was 25% contained, when a firefighter had to be taken to the hospital. According to the Waller County Office of Emergency Management, the firefighter was taken to a hospital via Life Flight, and he appears to be in good spirits.

Officials said the firefighter suffered burns to his legs and possibly upper torso.

In a 7 p.m. update, officials said the fire had burned about 60 acres but was 100% contained.

In addition, crews in Waller County are requesting resources from nearby departments.

As time progressed, authorities responded to another nearby fire on N. Reids Prairie Road. In that fire, officials said one RV had burned, as well as the corner of a barn. A firefighter was treated at the scene for heat exhaustion.

The Waller County Fire Marshal's Office and Office of Emergency Management also released the following statement:

"Fire Crews are cutting fire breaks and putting out small fires to avoid any rekindle. There are currently no evacuations in place - 100 percent containment. If you left your home you may return to your residence. Big thanks to the Sheriff's Office for alerting impacted residents to the fire and keeping them safe. Firefighters have done an outstanding job and have saved several homes and structures. We appreciate them greatly. We did get an update on the injured firefighter from the FM 362 Fire, he is in stable condition and good spirits. Your continued prayers are appreciated."

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