Firefighter Speaks To WITN About Injury

WITN spoke with a firefighter who was injured while battling a fire at a home on Highway 33 in Grimesland Friday night.

Jimmy Hodges says, "We were making our way through and I just happened to slip through a hole in the floor."

Luckily other firefighters were able to pull him out quickly to safety.

Hodges says, "I was worried that I was going to be stuck for a while, but like I said my partner was right behind me. They got me out to safety and I feel lucky."

Hodges has been released from the hospital and says he injured his knee but is doing just fine.

It took firefighters several hours to fight the blaze, with flames shooting up more than five feet above the chimney.

Officials believe the fire began from a wooden stove and then spread up to the chimney.

Everyone inside the home at the time got out without any injuries.

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Firefighters battled a house fire in Grimesland several hours Friday night. EMS workers say a firefighter injured his leg and was transported to Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Fire crews say residents were inside when the fire began but escaped unharmed.

Firefighters from Blackjack, Eastern Pines, Grimesland, and Simpson responded to the fire at a home on in the 6000 block of Highway 33 about 7:45pm Friday. Traffic was detoured off the Highway at Avon Road headed east into Grimesland.

The fire became so intense that the roof collapsed and flames shot out of the home. Firefighters were still at the scene late into the night making sure the flames didn't spread to other homes.

A cause for the fire has not been released yet.


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