Crew catches firefighter after attic floor collapses during house fire

Source: WMBF viewer Jack Baldwin via Facebook
Source: WMBF viewer Jack Baldwin via Facebook

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (WMBF) – A Midway Fire Rescue firefighter was caught by his fellow crew members after the attic floor collapsed under them while fighting a house fire Friday morning.

Crews responded to the two-alarm fire on Norris Drive, just past the Litchfield Inn, at about 4:07 a.m. Friday, according to Midway Fire Chief Doug Eggiman. Crews arrived to see heavy smoke coming from the beach house with fire in the attic.

The floor collapsed under the crew in the attic, and one firefighter fell into the hole, but was caught by other crew members before falling to the floor below, Chief Eggiman said. The firefighter was not injured.

Mutual aid from Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire, Horry County Fire Rescue, and Georgetown County Fire EMS responded, and crews had the fire under control within about 45 minutes, Chief Eggiman said.

A neighbor called 911 to report the fire after he was alerted by smoke drifting from the two-story house. The structure of the building is intact, officials said, but there is extensive damage.

The cause of the fire is listed as accidental electrical, Chief Eggiman confirmed.

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