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Texas firefighter pinned by runaway fire engine at 3-alarm fire

Houston firefighter suffers non-life threatening injuries

BREAKING / DEVELOPING:From unofficial Houston Fire Department source:"FF on the 3 alarm apartment fire on Broadway…

Posted by KPRC2 Joel Eisenbaum on Monday, February 24, 2020

A Houston firefighter is recovering from non-life threatening injuries after being pinned between a runaway pumper and the back of a district chief’s SUV. In addition, there were two maydays called at the three-alarm apartment fire in the 8200 block of Broadway Street this (Monday) evening.

KPRC-TV:

A source within the department said the firefighter was at the back of an SUV retrieving his air pack and noticed an engine start moving forward. He thought the driver was just moving the engine into a better parking position. He looked back and it not only did not stop — it pinned his legs between the engine and SUV.

The firefighter said he yelled out and other firefighters came running and had to move the SUV forward and the engine itself still was moving forward.

The parking brake either was not engaged or there may have been system failure,” said Assistant Chief Michael Mire. “That’s something that we’re going to have to look into.”

Two separate mayday calls went out as well. In both cases, fire crews were separated from each other but in both cases, they were able to regroup and continue fighting the flames.

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