Four Firefighters Injured while Battling North Amarillo Fire


Several Firefighters are injured while battling that fire.

Potter County Sheriff officials say crews affected were Pantex fire Department, Skellytown Department and possibly another department.

Four firefighters were injured in total.

Multiple crews continue to battle the North Amarillo fire, but a handful of firefighters had to be taken off the scene.

“The one Pantex Fire Fighter, was injured and then two Skellytown firefighters were injured and I believe there was as many as two more for a total of five possibly that were injured,” Captain John Coffee, Potter County Sheriff’s Office.

Captain Coffee says the injuries the firefighters sustained range from broken ribs to burns.

But he says none of the firefighters are in critical condition.

 “I did have one who was injured and I did take him to an ambulance and he had some burns on him. But I think he’s going to be okay, in fact, I just checked and they say that he’s probably going to be released tonight,” said Brian Thomas, Potter County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Thomas says the firefighter that he took to the ambulance was part of the Pantex Fire Department. 

The names and identities of the injured firefighters have not been released. 

There’s no word yet if their families have been contacted about the injuries. Sheriff Thomas says he’s only aware of the Firefighter he took to an ambulance.

“I know the one that I had he did contact his wife and so she was on her way out with him,” said Thomas.

Pantex released a statement regarding their injured firefighter stating:

“A Pantex fire department firefighter was injured during the grass fire response and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. 

The thoughts and prayers of Consolidated Nuclear Security and the Pantex family are with the firefighter’s family at this time.”

When it comes to the fires, Sheriff Brian Thomas says the way the weather has been this year, this won’t be the last one.

The cause of this fire is still unknown.

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