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Updates in Barn Fire That Sent Two Firefighters to the Hospital

"We did report that there were two injuries. One person did slip and fall and suffered a shoulder injury. He was treated and released from Frederick Memorial shortly after arrival there. And then another firefighter suffered a medical emergency, and that one was treated and released also, from Gettysburg Hospital," said Fox.
EMMITSBURG, Md. - In Frederick County two firefighters are okay Thursday morning after they were injured battling a serious fire in Emmitsburg Wednesday evening.

Crews from Frederick, Carroll and Adams counties were called to Bollinger School Road just after 7 p.m. on Wednesday because of a barn on fire. The barn had livestock in it at the time.

"All the livestock, which were goats, were able to be removed from the barn," said Captain Kevin Fox, of the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services.

Additional water had to be called in since there was no public water system in the area. Salt trucks also were called because it's been so cold out.

"We did report that there were two injuries. One person did slip and fall and suffered a shoulder injury. He was treated and released from Frederick Memorial shortly after arrival there. And then another firefighter suffered a medical emergency, and that one was treated and released also, from Gettysburg Hospital," said Fox.

The cause of the fire was determined to be from a heat lamp placed too close to combustible materials.

Damage estimates are around $40,000. 

"Barns, or things like that, if you've got a heat source in there, make sure your straw and various things like that away from your heat sources," said Captain Fox.

The fire was put out in about 45 minutes, but officials said the barn is almost a total loss with only a fourth of it left standing.

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