Earlier this month, firefighters were responding to a home fire in La Grange, Georgia, when a "flashover situation" occurred and injured six of them, according to news reports. Four of them experienced second- and third-degree burns while the others were treated for smoke inhalation.
"We had one crew inside fighting fire, one crew in there doing a search, and within split second ... everything went south on them and had a flashover situation," Deputy Chief John Brant with the LaGrange Fire Department told a local news station. The homeowner was able to corral his girlfriend and four stepchildren out of the house before the fire department arrived.
"The kids didn’t believe it at first when we were like, 'Wake up, the house is on fire,' so I had to pull one out because he was still kind of sleep," homeowner Lakes told the station.
It was recently reported that one of the firefighters has already gone through six surgeries since the fire.
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