A San Francisco firefighter severely burned while fighting a three-alarm fire Thursday at a vacant home in the Portola District was released from the hospital Monday as investigators continued to probe the cause of the suspicious blaze.
Fire Department spokeswoman Lt. Mindy Talmadge said today that Lt. James App, an eight-year veteran of the department, was released from the hospital Monday evening after being treated for first-, second- and third-degree burns.
A second firefighter, Christopher Posey, an 11-year veteran, remains in intensive care at San Francisco General Hospital, listed in critical but stable condition, Talmadge said.
“The hospital’s taking great care of firefighter Posey,” Talmadge said.
“We’re just thankful that he’s in their good hands.”
Posey, App and four other firefighters were injured fighting the blaze reported at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday at a two-story home at 627 Felton St. The fire gutted the home before being brought under control about an hour later.
Officials suspect the fire had been burning for some time before firefighters arrived, according to Talmadge.
About 10 to 12 minutes after the first team of firefighters entered the home, the roof collapsed, sending superheated gas and smoke down a hallway.
Posey, who was a member of the first entry team, suffered major respiratory injuries breathing in superheated gas and smoke, and was also burned, Talmadge said. Investigators are still reconstructing the events to determine whether Posey’s injuries were directly due to the roof collapse, she added.
The fire has still not been officially ruled arson by police investigators, who continue their investigation, police spokesman Sgt. Wilfred Williams said today. DISPLAY ADVERTISING CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING
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