Pennsylvania Firefighter Suffers Heart Attack at Chimney Fire

A Phoenixville (PA) firefighter suffered a heart attack while working an early morning chimney fire Thursday and is in stable condition at an area hospital.

The Phoenix Reporter and Item ( reported that fire crews responded to a chimney fire that spread into the walls of a house at around 1 a.m.

The victim was apart of a group of firefighters who were pulling apart a wall of the house in order to gain access to the fire when he collapsed. He was assisted by colleagues, who moved him to another room and began CPR.

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Heart attacks are a significant cause of firefighter deaths; just this week an Orange County (CA) firefighter died after suffering a heart attack while on duty at a station; For more on cardiac issues affecting firefighters, consider New Study Examines Sudden Cardiac Events in Firefighters, Acute Coronary Syndromes in Firefighters: An “Athletic” Approach to Prevention, and Firefighters Organization Offers Lifestyle Program to Prevent Heart Attack -Related Line-of-Duty Deaths.

For more on chimney fire response, consider Extinguishing Chimney Fires and Firefighter Operational Guide: Chimney Fires.


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