Alton resident attacks firefighter with victim still trapped inside burning building

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 15 at 6:33 PM

(KMOV.com) – A firefighter in Alton was injured during a fire rescue after a resident body-slammed into the firefighter while attempting to enter a building on Wednesday.

Firefighters responded to a house fire in the 3800 block of Western around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday morning and found smoke flowing from the building. 

Residents on the scene confirmed that all but one of the residents had safely exited the building and that the resident was believed to still be in the basement, where the fire originated.

While entering the building, one of the male residents ran toward the house and assaulted one of the firefighters.

Henry L. Jarrett, 27, was charged with aggravated battery after slamming his body into that of Alton Fire Captain Matt Williams. 

Captain Williams’ body was flung from the porch onto his oxygen tank causing injuries to his lower back.

Alton police officers on the scene were able to control Jarrett and remove him from the path of the firefighters so they could continue their search and rescue. 

Despite the pain he was in, Captain Williams managed to rejoin the other firefighters in the search for the missing resident.

Firefighters located the fire and the badly burned male in the basement of the residence. 

The victim was treated the on scene where he was said to be breathing. 

The victim was then transported to an area hospital where he was treated for second-degree burns over the majority of his body.

The victim was later transported via helicopter to St. John’s Hospital in St. Louis.

The victim’s status is unknown at this time.

Jarrett was taken into custody and transported to the Alton Jail where he was formally charged and held on two active warrants.

Bail has been set at $75,000.

 

 

 

 

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