A local firefighter suffered minor injuries in the line of duty while attempting to locate a free a nonexistent trapped victim.
Wednesday morning about 10:35 a.m., firefighters with the LaGrange Fire Department were called to the 200 block of Grady Street in reference to reports of a house fire with a subject trapped inside.
Authorities were initially told that one occupant escaped the fire and the subject thought another occupant was still inside. Firefighters rushed to the scene, but it was later determined that all of the occupants were accounted for and none were harmed during the fire. None of the occupants were hurt, but a firefighter sustained minor burn injuries and was taken to a medical facility where they were treated and released. LaGrange Fire Department arrived on the scene at a mere four minutes after the initial call and entered into the single-story house, which was fully engulfed in flames, looking for the possible trapped occupant.
Firefighters began attacking the fire with water, while search and rescue operations were conducted. The firefighters encountered heavy fire and smoke condition and continued to search for the possible trapped occupant, but no occupants were found inside the residence. Firefighters then evacuated from the structure due to heavy fire conditions and potential collapse of the structure.
The fire was gotten under control about an hour later, but not before it caused extensive damage to the house. Officials say the structure was a total loss. LaGrange Fire personnel investigated the fire and were unable to determine the cause of the fire. At this point Fire Investigators have listed the cause as undetermined.
Firefighters say the residence had no working smoke alarms and the utilities were not turned on to the house.
No other injuries were sustained.