Firefighter injured in collapse during north St. Louis fire -

Firefighter injured in collapse during north St. Louis fire

ST. LOUIS, Missouri (KMOV-TV) -- A St. Louis city firefighter has been treated and released after being injured in an overnight fire.  

The fire was reported just after 2:30 Friday morning in a vacant home in the 4400 block of Bessie in north St. Louis.  A fire official says the fire was going strong when the first fire crews arrived.  The fire soon jumped to a house next-door.  Two people living in the second home were able to get out safely but the second home had extensive damage.
Fire Capt. Dan Sutter tells News 4 that the injured firefighter was on the second floor of the vacant house.  The fire was, for the most part, knocked down.  But the second floor collapsed and the firefighter fell to the first floor.  He was partially covered with debris.  
The firefighter was taken by ambulance to Saint Louis University hospital where he was, at first, listed in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.  We got word from the fire department shortly after 6:30 that the firefighter had been treated and released.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  The woman who lives next-door tells News 4 that the house had been vacant for at least three years. 

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