Mike Wilbur

HOUSTON: 2 FIREFIGHTERS INJURED, 1 PINNED BETWEEN RIG AND CHIEF BUGGY

By KPRC: Two Houston firefighters were injured while battling a three-alarm fire at an apartment complex Monday afternoon in southeast Houston, officials said.

The fire was reported around 5:50 p.m. in the 8200 block of Broadway Street near Hobby Airport.

Officials said a firefighter was taken to a nearby hospital after being pinned between and engine and a district chief vehicle. Two mayday calls also were sent out involving two crews that got separated fighting the fire, officials said.

A source within the department said the firefighter was at the back of an SUV retrieving his air pack and noticed an engine start moving forward. He thought the driver was just moving the engine into a better parking position. He looked back and it not only did not stop — it pinned his legs between the engine and SUV.

The firefighter said he yelled out and other firefighters came running and had to move the SUV forward and the engine itself still was moving forward.

“The parking brake either was not engaged or there may have been system failure,” said Assistant Chief Michael Mire. “That’s something that we’re going to have to look into.”

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