UPDATE: The Fire Marshall has sent samples off from the scene of the fire for testing to help determine the cause of a house fire that happened in the bluffs.
According to Chief Farris, officials have been at the scene all day Monday investigating but a cause will more than likely not be determined until after the lab results are returned. Stay with San Angelo Now for the latest updates.
Four San Angelo firefighters were transported to local hospitals after working to extinguish an active structure fire in The Bluffs Saturday afternoon.
Around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the San Angelo Fire Department responded to a fire at a two-story structure on the 600 block of London Court.
Scott Farris, assistant chief of operations at the SAFD, stated “the first arriving units were met with heavy smoke and flames” unsure if there were workers inside the burning structure as it was under construction.
Farris said that because of the size of the structure and associated active fire, a second alarm sounded; and while firefighters were working to extinguish the fire, there was a partial collapse of an interior wall, causing an entrapment of some of the firefighters.
Four firefighters were injured during the collapse and the rapid intervention team was called to assist with their extrication.
The injured firefighters were transported to local hospitals where they were treated and released.
Meanwhile, there was a third alarm and extra crews were placed on the scene to support the ongoing efforts in putting out the fire. Thirty-five personnel members worked the scene Saturday using a ladder truck, rescue truck, engines, medical units and command staff.
“The fire was extinguished and SAFD completed overhaul with extinguishment of all hot spots,” Farris said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.