HUDSON, NH (CBS) – One firefighter was saved after falling through the floor as crews battled a massive home fire in Hudson, New Hampshire on Thursday afternoon. SkyEye footage shows thick smoke and flames engulfing the house on Greeley Street.
The firefighter was taken to the hospital along with another firefighter who suffered from smoke inhalation. Both were treated for minor injuries and released on Thursday night.
“We had a massive fire in the entire building,” Hudson Fire Sheriff Robert Buxton said. “The crew made an active strike, unfortunately we had a lucky day at the scene.”
Buxton said the firefighter held onto a hose as he fell, so officers could locate him.
“He fell through the floor, he was holding onto it, and his team helped him back out of the pit,” Buxton said. “It was a very laborious operation. It takes a few minutes.”
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The firefighter who fell through the floor belongs to the Nashua Fire Department.
Homeowner Lee Karugu was in the house with three family members when he heard the alarm in the basement. “I went down to check why the alarm went off,” Karugu said. “Downstairs, smoke was coming up, so I just turned around and walked out.”
Karugu said he did not know how the fire started. Nine have been relocated. The family did not think the house could be saved.
“It was quite difficult, you know. You never know how many memories you have in a place until you see it go down but I’m glad my dad said everyone is safe and that’s the big thing,” resident Brandon Karugu said.
The Hudson Fire Department said the cause was still under investigation.
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