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Fresno firefighter injured at house fire

A Fresno firefighter was injured while fighting a residential fire in southwest Fresno around midnight on Feb. 13, Fresno Fire Department said.

Paul Bertrand, an eight-year veteran of the Fresno Fire Department, fractured his leg when stepping off an elevated area in the front of the home, said Hector Vasquez, a fire spokesman.

“It’s one of the dangers we face everyday, and sometimes, we get injured,” Vasquez said.

Around 11:40 p.m. on Feb. 13, dispatchers received a call about a vacant home on fire near Stanislaus and B streets.

Firefighters arrived and saw smoke and flames coming from one of rooms in the home.

Bertrand was the fourth firefighter in his engine, which was providing ventilation, Vasquez said.

After injuring his leg around midnight, Bertrand was taken to a hospital and released Sunday morning. Bertrand’s recovery is expected to take a few months, Vasquez said.

The house received an estimated $10,000 in damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation, Vasquez said.

Razi Syed: 559-441-6679, @razisyed

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