Two Opelika firefighters injured in training accident

Press Release from the City of Opelika

OPELIKA, Ala – Yesterday, March 15, the Opelika Fire Department was  performing routine fire training exercises on an abandoned house at the  2700 block of Anderson Road. During the final exercise of the day, at  approximately 4 p.m., two firefighters were injured. One firefighter was  airlifted to UAB hospital with second degrees burns, while the second  firefighter was transported by ambulance to Midtown Hospital in  Columbus. The firefighter that was airlifted remains at UAB hospital  where he is receiving treatment for burns he sustained during the  incident; the other firefighter was released from the hospital last  night.   

At this time, we are withholding the names of the  injured firefighters to provide them and their families’ privacy as they  recover. As with any incident where a firefighter is injured, the cause  of the incident is investigated by the State Fire Marshall’s office.  The State Fire Marshall’s office, in conjunction with the Opelika Police  Department, will continue to investigate this incident.   

We will release more information when it becomes available. 


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