2 Castle Hills firefighters injured while battling house fire

Firefighters treated, released from hospital, return to fight fire

CASTLE HILLS, Texas – Two Castle Hills firefighters were injured, treated at a hospital and returned to the scene of a house fire they had battled two hours before.

The fire broke out around 9 p.m. Tuesday at a home in the 200 block of Honeysuckle Lane.

Firefighters said they arrived to find heavy smoke and fire showing from one side of the house. The fire tore through the home and then caused the roof to partially collapse on the left side, fire officials said.

Grady Schmidt, one of the injured firefighters, said the fire erupted and engulfed a room.

"Everything flashed. We were upstairs, and it took us about a long 10 seconds, a scary 10 seconds, to find our way out," Schmidt said.

Schmidt and the other firefighter suffered first- and second-degree burns and were treated at a hospital for a couple hours. 

"They gave me a tetanus shot, threw some creme on there and said, 'Watch out for infection,' Schmidt said.

Schmidt and the other firefighter were released from the hospital and went back to battle the blaze, which reignited early Wednesday morning.

Schmidt said the possibility of injury is just part of the job.

"Sometimes it can be scary. It is rewarding, but there are dangers," he said.

One person was home at the time of the fire but made it out safely.

Damage to the home was estimated to be about $800,000 to $850,000.

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