The Phoenix Fire Department says two of its firefighters were burned while responding to a fire at an abandoned house Wednesday night.
It happened in the area of 47th Avenue and Bethany Home Road in Glendale, near the Phoenix border.
They were transported to the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center.
According to the fire department, one firefighter has first- and second-degree burns on 15 percent of his body. The other firefighter has less severe injuries.
One injured firefighter was badly burned but was alert and speaking to colleagues while on the way to the Phoenix trauma hospital’s burn unit, said Danny Senese, a Glendale Fire Department spokesman.
On arrival, Phoenix firefighters tackled the flames with an offensive approach, meaning crews tried to combat the fire from the inside while looking for anyone who may be in the house, Senese said.
Senese said that’s when “conditions changed drastically.”
“It turned into a fireball,” he said, the overwhelming heat forcing firefighters to flee and fight the fire from the exterior.