Critically Injured Flint Firefighter Now Recovering 8-16-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Critically Injured Flint Firefighter Now Recovering 8-16-2010

A Flint firefighter was burned on at least 30 percent of his body early Monday morning, but now the man is recovering, with his wife by his side.
At the same time, investigators try to pin down whether the blaze he was fighting early this morning was deliberately set.
"When I heard something go boom, the whole house was on fire," said Kent Davis.
"He woke me up again and said, 'Baby, the house is burning down over there,'" said Belinda Davis.
The Davis', who live across the street, are surprised and shocked that anyone, including a firefighter made it out of the burning inferno alive.
"This was like a gas tanker blowing up on fire," said Kent. Except it wasn't a tanker, it was a home at the corner of Wolcott and 8th Avenue. The homeowners were not inside.
It was the second time firefighters were at the house on fire in one night. The first time was for the fire, the second time they said they thought it was just a rekindling.
When fire crews arrived again around 5 a.m. Monday, 31-year-old Jeremy Turner was pulling the hose line and the first to enter the burning house. "The basement fire was burning underneath him, so he fell directly into the fire," said Flint Fire Battalion Chief Andy Graves.
Graves said it took five firefighters to pull Turner out of the hole. Turner was rushed to nearby Hurley Hospital with severe burns to his arms, hands, chest and back.
His family has asked for privacy during his first day of recovery.
"He was walking and talking, he was walking around, in good spirits, happy to be alive," said Graves. Especially with a newborn on the way; Turner's wife is eight months pregnant.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family and we wish him a speedy recovery," said Graves.
Turner had been laid off earlier this year, and returned to the job after his department received a federal grant. Investigators now believe the house fire could be arson.
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