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Hickory fire fighter injured in early morning blaze

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

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Hickory fire fighters are investigating an early morning fire that injured one of their own.

At 5:27 a.m. Monday, Hickory firefighters responded to a reported fire at 621 2nd Street Place SW, Hickory Fire Department spokeswoman Terri Byers said.

When they arrived, firefighters saw flames coming from the apartment building.

Although fire fighters initially responded with 2 engines, 1 ladder, a rescue truck, and 2 command vehicles, a second alarm was ultimately activated to send an additional engine and 4 personnel, Byers said.

Firefighters had the fire under control by 6:31 pm. One firefighter was injured during the effort but he was treated and later released.

No other injuries were reported. Damages were considered major. Byers said.

Catawba County EMS, Hickory Rescue Squad, and Hickory Police Department responded to the scene for assistance and stand-by.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.

Arriero: 704-358-5945; Twitter: @earriero
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