One of the most severely burned LaGrange firefighters who was injured while fighting an early morning house fire on Labor Day underwent his sixth surgery at Augusta Burn Center on Sept. 26. At least 35 percent of his body was burned in the fast-spreading blaze.
The fire that landed him in the hospital happened on Revis Street in LaGrange at around 3 a.m. He and his fellow firefighters had been fighting the blaze for some time when all of the sudden, the home flashed over. After that, flames became even more intense.
Many of the firefighters that had been tending to the fire had to find a way to escape the burning home as quickly as possible once this occurred. Some did so by climbing out of the home's windows and attempting to jump to safety.
Although all of the firefighters who fought that fire survived, at least four were seriously burned in it. Most were treated at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Austell and have since been released by doctors to continue their recovery at home.
The only firefighter that remains hospitalized underwent his latest surgery as another step in his recovery process. It's unclear whether he's expected to have any additional operations performed on him or what his prognosis is like.
While it may seem that the risk of suffering a burn injury would come with the job of being a firefighter, that's not necessarily the case. There are instances in which a firefighter becomes more vulnerable to being burned because other squad members fail to follow protocol or because they're provided with inferior safety equipment.
Burn injuries can be particularly painful. The road to recovery can be lengthy. The nerve damage that you feel and disfigurement that results may never dissipate. An Augusta burn injuries attorney with litigation experience can help you recover damages for the pain and suffering you endured, as well as for your medical costs.