DETROIT (WJBK) - Two veteran firefighters were injured Wednesday morning while battling a house fire on Detroit's west side.
We're told the firefighters suffered first- and second-degree burns, and that they were burned while they were searching for victims possibly still trapped inside.
"A civilian outside said there's someone trapped in there - so we go into rescue mode," Detroit Deputy Fire Comm. David Fornell said. "Normally we wait until we get water and all that to knock the fire down, but, in this case, they went in and started searching the building."
Three firefighters were inside the house, searching for the person they thought was inside, when suddenly they were hit with a burst of flames.
"Their training kicked in. Luckily their protective clothing was on and so they were able to turn around and get out of the building," Fornell says. The firefighters had to jump out the window to escape.
Nobody else was inside.
A source tells us a 15-year veteran was burned in the chin and face area, and an 18-year veteran was burned on the upper bicep and ear. Their names have not been given.
Fornell says they're doing okay, and that neither of them will need skin grafts nor will be disfigured.
"I hate to say it's part of the job, but, it is," he added.
No other injuries were reported and the fire is now out.
Firefighters first got the call just after 4 a.m., but investigators believe the fire had been burning at the house in the 8500 block of Minock Street for a while at that point.
They're not sure yet what caused the fire, but believe it's suspicious. Arson investigators have been on scene.