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St. Charles firefighter knocked unconscious after debris fell while battling blaze

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Firefighters extinguishing a fire at First Capitol & Fifth Street Monday in St. Charles. (Credit: KMOV) Firefighters extinguishing a fire at First Capitol & Fifth Street Monday in St. Charles. (Credit: KMOV)

ST. CHARLES (KMOV.com) – A firefighter was hospitalized and several people were forced out of their apartments following a two-alarm fire in St. Charles.

The fire broke out between two buildings on First Capitol and Fifth Street around 10:30 p.m. Monday. The buildings each have apartments on the second floor and businesses on the first floor.

The first fire crews on the scene said they saw heavy fire and smoke on the second floor of the buildings.

“To the original fire building we have extensive damage. The second floor was probably a total loss. We talked with the business owner and obviously they are going to be out of business for a long time, also the building next door. Those residents currently have the Red Cross coming out to talk to them,” said St. Charles Fire Department Battalion Chief Dan Casey.

While battling the blaze, a firefighter sustained a head injury after debris fell on him, knocking him unconscious. Officials said the firefighter was helped out of the building and taken to an area hospital.

“When he was checking for fire in the ceiling space above him, apparently something came down and it basically knocked him unconscious on the second floor. We had to get him out and transport him that way,” Chief Casey said.

The firefighter was discharged from the hospital Tuesday morning. Officials said doctors are concerned about possible head fractures so the firefighter will follow up with a specialist.

Two families were displaced and the business will be closed for repairs.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

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