Firefighting, Leadership

Rock Hill (SC) Fire That Injured Two Firefighters Under Investigation

As two volunteer firefighters begin to recover from their injuries, support from the community has poured in across the Charlotte area, reports

“It’s been great. The community has been great, and the fire service,” said Newport Assistant Fire Chief Mark Bollinger.

Charlotte and Rock Hill firefighters have visited Rich Diamanti and Joseph Volk in the hospital. They both suffered broken legs when a brick wall fell on top of them while fighting a fire on Volunteer Drive outside Rock Hill.

Investigators said Tuesday that the wall was super-heated, and collapsed as both men were on a fire hose, pouring water in through windows and doors.

Diamanti had surgery on his leg Tuesday at Carolinas Medical Center.  He’s a 35-year veteran firefighter who retired from New Jersey and moved with his wife to Rock Hill two years ago, according to his in-laws.

Volk is still recovering at Piedmont Medical Center, and now beginning some physical therapy. He has volunteered with Newport since 2009.

Fire investigators made it clear that despite the heavy presence of officials Monday night, including the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, they have found nothing suspicious about the fire that destroyed the house. However, the answers may not come easy.

Due to the extensive damage to the house, they may not be able to determine a cause at all, said fire investigator Charles Williamson.

“That kind of damage, when you don’t have much left to look at, does make it harder to determine a cause,” he said.

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