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Firefighter falls through floor at Jewell, IA house fire. Power company & cops man hose lines.

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In Jewell, Iowa on Thursday Firefighter Robert Hagen was critically injured when he fell through the floor of a burning home into the basement where the fire is believed to have started. Firefighter Hagen was airlifted to a hospital in Des Moines.

In the video above, power company workers and police help firefighters by grabbing a few hose lines.

Pat Powers, KQWC Radio:

A firefighter was critically hurt fighting a house fire in the Hamilton County town of Jewell Thursday afternoon.

Jewell fire chief Duane Hendrickson said the firefighter fell through a floor inside the burning structure.

KCCI-TV:

Firefighter Robert Hagen, a 25 year veteran of the Jewell volunteer department, was inside battling the fire when he fell down into the basement and debris fell on top of him.

Fire Chief Duane Hendrickson said other firefighters reacted quickly to get Hagen out.

“We spent the rest of our resources making sure he got out of the structure safely,” said Hendrickson.

As crews worked to get him out, the fire really started to spread and get out of control. 

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  • Truckie88

    Kind of odd the power company guy without PPE is operating a hose into the basement while 6 or more fully dressed firefighters are strolling around the fireground in the same video shot!

  • JD

    Glad to see people are still willing to help out when needed. It will become more valuable as resources are cut. Kudos