Two firefighters treated after two homes catch fire - WNEM TV 5

Two firefighters treated after two homes catch fire

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Two mid-Michigan homes caught fire this afternoon, leaving two firefighters in the hospital.

Flint Fire Chief David Cox Jr. said he is proud of how his firefighters reacted when they encountered the fire at a Flint home.

He says heavy winds made fighting the fire even more difficult.

"We attempted to stop that fire but because of the wind direction the exposure next door and now we have two buildings on fire," Cox said.

The first house was abandoned, and suspicious activity reported by neighbors means arson hasn’t been ruled out, according to Cox.

“Well, one of the neighbors said he saw two men quickly exit the building, running from the building,” Cox said.

The heat and humidity coupled with the blaze sent two firefighters to the hospital, treated for heat exhaustion.

“They are fine,” Cox said. “They got a little heat exposure. It’s rather warm out here and the fire made it a lot hotter. They were checked out by ambulance companies and they said they just needed to get a little oxygen.”

Crews on the scene tell us the second home that caught fire was being renovated, but no one was in it at the time.

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