1 firefighter suffers medical emergency, another injured in fall during Overton fire

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Published: Mar. 30, 2018 at 12:20 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 30, 2018 at 4:11 PM CDT
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Source: KLTV Staff
Source: KLTV Staff

OVERTON, TX (KLTV) - Fire crews have extinguished a fire at the maintenance building of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center in Overton.

The fire broke out sometime before 7 a.m. Friday. When Overton firefighters arrived at the scene, they discovered smoke coming from the back of a large maintenance building, according to a post on the department's Facebook page.

The Overton Fire Department was assisted by the New London, Arp, Sabine, and Jackson Heights volunteer fire departments. A nearby prison also provided manpower to assist in battling the blaze.

"During the fire, a firefighter suffered a medical emergency and was transported by ambulance to a Tyler hospital," the Facebook post stated. "Another firefighter suffered a fall injury and was transported by private vehicle to a medical facility. Both are expected to make a full recovery."

The building houses the equipment for the center. Crews were able to salvage some of the equipment while extinguishing the fire, including lawn mowers and tractors.

Overton Fire Chief Jim White says the fire is completely under control and firefighters are focusing on hot spots now.

While fighting the fire, one firefighter was taken to the hospital for low blood sugar, another for a slip and fall. Both were released.

Overton, New London, Arp, Sabine, and Jackson Heights Fire Departments are all on the scene.

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