Four firefighters out of more than 100 who responded to a 911 call were injured extinguishing a fire at Import Knight Auto Repair at 811 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC, on January 31, 2014. The fire broke out at the shop about 12:45 p.m.
The four were injured soon after the fire started and the roof collapsed, according to fire officials. All but one were released from the hospital that same evening.
Smoke from the blaze could be seen billowing miles from the downtown area. Greensboro Fire Department officials said that the roof at Import Knight Auto Repair collapsed as firefighters were battling the blaze.
The four injured firefighters were taken to local hospitals for treatment. One remains in the hospital as of press time. Forty-seven seconds after the first 911 call came in, dispatchers sent fire trucks to the scene. Within five minutes of that first call, firefighters were at the Import Knights building. Then, a complicated and coordinated communications effort began.
Greensboro police had blocked the area surrounding the building and were re-directing traffic. Motorists were encouraged to use alternate routes.
Greensboro fire chief, Greg Grayson, provided an update on the condition of the four firefighters: Captain Sterling Suddarth was the most seriously injured of the four. He was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC for treatment of his injuries, which are described as non life-threatening.
Firefighter Matthew Clapp is at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, NC receiving treatment for a non-life threatening injury to one of his legs.
Captain Shane Boswell and firefighter Bryan Bachemin were both treated for minor injuries and released.