Firefighter slips, suffers injury battling house fire

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – A firefighter was injured battling an early-morning fire in Winchester.

The fire broke out at around 3:30 a.m. at a home located at 18 N. Highland Street.

Someone passing by spotted smoke and flames and called it in, according to Winchester Fire Chief Kathy Rigney.

She says when they arrived, the first and second floor of the home were engulfed.

Rigney says no one was in the home at the time and they believe it is vacant.

She says a firefighter slipped on the ice and injured his foot battling the fire. He was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

Rigney says the cold and ice make fighting fires even more challenging.

“It wears and tears on the equipment and the guys,” Rigney said. “Plus, all of the icy conditions. If it wasn’t icy to begin with, with temperatures in the 20’s, as soon as we start spraying water, we make ice, so it makes it even worse.”

There is no word yet on a cause.

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