A Massachusetts fire chief was in stable condition after falling several feet while responding to an incident last week.
The Telegram and Gazette reported that Gardner Fire Chief Richard Ares, 59, was working at a house fire Friday in Templeton when he fell eight feet from a deck onto pavement when a railing gave out. The fall left the chief unconscious, but he was later conscious and alert and his injuries were deemed nonlife-threatening, an official told reporters.
Chief Ares was reportedly knocked through the rail and off the porch from the pressure from the hose he was holding when he tried to enter a side door.
In addition, an EMT suffered possible smoke inhalation and was transported, the report said.
Templeton Fire Chief Raymond LaPorte said the single-family home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived around noon. The fire was extinguished by midafternoon, according to the report.
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