Firefighter injured in Whaleyville blaze

Published 10:03 pm Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Firefighters run hoses to a fire on Whaleyville Boulevard Tuesday afternoon.

A firefighter suffered minor injuries when the floor collapsed in this home on Whaleyville Boulevard during a blaze Tuesday afternoon. He had been searching for occupants, but firefighters later learned nobody had been home.

A firefighter suffered minor injuries while battling a residential fire on Whaleyville Boulevard Tuesday afternoon.

Officials received a call about a fire in a mobile home at 12:05 p.m. Firefighters reported heavy fire when they arrived at the home in the 2600 block and initially could not determine if anyone was at home, according to a press release from spokeswoman Diana Klink.

The injured firefighter was inside the burning building searching for occupants when the floor gave way. He was transported to Sentara Obici Hospital for treatment.

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Suffolk Fire and Rescue Engines 1, 3 and 8, Medic 8, EMS 1, Rescue 1, Battalion 1 and Tanker 8 from the Whaleyville Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.

The trailer was declared a total loss. The Red Cross is assisting the male occupant, who was not home at the time, and the Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

A portion of Whaleyville Boulevard was briefly closed in both directions.