NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Nashville firefighter was rushed to the hospital after he collapsed while responding to a house fire.
The fire began around 9 p.m. Thursday at a home at 2612 Airpark Drive in the Porter Heights area near Shelby Park.
Assistant Chief Ricky Taylor said the effort to extinguish the blaze in a one-story house was going routinely until one of the crews noticed a firefighter was down. Officials said 26 year veteran David Powell was going to replace his air tank when he ended up falling down a flight of stairs. He hit his head and fell unconscious.
Captain James Trollinger was one of several firefighters who came to Powell's rescue. While rescuing his partner Trollinger received burns to his face and neck.
Both men were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Captain Trollinger was treated and released from the hospital while Powell remains in the burn unit on a ventilator. He is expected to recover.
The cause of the fire was under investigation. Firefighters said the blaze did not destroy the home.