ARP, TX (KLTV) - An off-duty firefighter was injured in a fire on Monday afternoon, fire officials say.
The firefighter, who has been with Arp Volunteer Fire Department for three to four years, was injured when checking on a fire in his neighborhood, according to the fire marshal.
Smith County Fire Marshal Connie Wasson said that the firefighter was at home, not on duty, when he noticed smoke coming from a garage structure near his house. She said he went to the structure and lifted the door, and at that time, flames "flashed out" at him, burning over half of his body. She said no one was in the garage when the fire occurred. The firefighter was the only person injured.
The Smith County Fire Marshal's Office says that the fire call came in at 2:40 p.m. from a structure in the 700 block of Longview Street in Arp.
Arp, Troup, Chapel Hill and Overton responded to the scene, the office confirmed. Arp Police Department was also at the scene, and the Smith County Fire Marshal's Office was called in to assist in the investigation as the situation progressed.
Kelcey Trotty with Smith County Emergency Services District confirmed that one person had been severely injured. Initially officials said a citizen was injured in the fire, but according to Smith County Fire Marshal's Office, the injured person was actually a firefighter.
He has been transported to LSU hospital in Shreveport for treatment of his serious injuries.