Firefighter injury leaves serious burns to face and chest

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by Ruella Rouf / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 22 at 11:05 PM

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A St. Louis firefighter is recovering after a routine call took a dangerous turn in south St. Louis city.

The incident took place near the intersection of Missouri Avenue and Pestolozzi. Firefighters said they were initially called to a porch fire. However, as one member of the firefighter crew removed a propane tank, it ignited and sent flames into the firefighters face.

The firefighter suffered serious burns to his face and chest. He was taken to a nearby hospital and admitted to the burn unit. Captain Gregg Favre of the St. Louis Fire Department said the burns are not believed to be life threatening. However, he added that fire injuries are not immediately obvious and sometimes may cause lung damage. The firefighter was conscious and breathing at the scene.

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