Firefighter Injured In Brush Fire Explosion
By Mike Perleberg
(Switzerland County, Ind.) – A Switzerland County firefighter is recovering after an explosion on Friday.
Jeff-Craig Fire Department Firefighter and EMT Jacob Jones was off-duty and on his way home from work in Florence, Kentucky on Friday morning. He spotted a brush fire near the Ohio River at the Markland Dam.
As Jones investigated the unattended fire, a propane tank that was hidden beneath some flaming brush exploded near him. He was knocked to the ground and knocked out, according to the fire department.
Jones was taken to the hospital by aircare. At last word from the Jeff-Craig Fire Department, Jones was still recovering at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
“Jacob is doing better,” a statement on the department’s Facebook page said. “He is suffering from severe neck and shoulder pain but was said to not have any broken bones at this time. The blast did rupture his ear drums and he his having some temporary hearing loss. ER doctors advised they were going to keep him overnight to monitor for any internal bleeding or bruising of the lungs. They advised those type of injuries can show up many hours after such an incident.”
Before the explosion, Jones was able to call dispatchers to send the East Enterprise Fire Department to the scene to extinguish the brush fire.
The Jeff-Craig Fire Department issued thanks to the East Enterprise Fire Department, Switzerland County EMS, Switzerland County Dispatch, and Air Methods for their assistance in the situation.