LaGrange firefighter recounts house fire that injured five other firemen

Updated: Sep. 6, 2018 at 5:12 PM EDT
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Firefighters injured after battling large house fire (Source: LPD/WTVM)
Firefighters injured after battling large house fire (Source: LPD/WTVM)

LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM) - A Lagrange family of six are okay after their home caught fire early Monday morning.

But, the fire injured six firefighters as they worked to extinguish the flames.

Lt. James Ormsby, who suffered minor injuries from the fire says he is still trying to process everything that happened.

"I can't find the words on how we all feel when one of our firefighters are down. But I know we revert back to our training," said Ormsby.

Three days following the fire, Ormsby, and fellow firefighter, who also responded to the fire, Sean Guerrero, are back at work.

Ormsby describes the tense moments at the Monday morning house fire as 'one of the most challenging obstacles in his career."

Ormsby is credited for helping pull three of his fellow firemen from a window of the burning home. He says the various roles of the many first responders helped make this rescue possible.

"I can't emphasize that enough. Even people who didn't put their hands on these guys, it was what they were doing in other areas that made this a survivable incident, and not a fatality," said Ormsby.

Members of the department say they can't thank the community enough for the outpouring of love and support.

Three firefighters remain at Grady Memorial Hospital's burn unit recovering from second and third-degree burns.

A fourth firefighter has been transferred to a burn center in Augusta.

The fire remains under investigation.

The family, who lived in the home is currently being assisted by the Red Cross.

Members of the community also coming together to help the family of six through clothing and monetary donation.

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