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Greensboro firefighters injured after roof collapses during fire

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Top: Capt. William Shane Boswell and Capt.Thomas Sterling Suddarth. Bottom: Bryan Bachemin and Matthew Clapp.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Four firefighters are recovering Friday after they were injured when a roof collapsed during a large fire at an auto shop in downtown Greensboro Thursday afternoon.

The fire was reported around 12:45 p.m. at Import Knight Auto Repair at 811 S.Elm St., Greensboro.

Crews are continuing to work putting out hot spots in the building on Friday.

The four injured firefighters were initially taken to Moses Cone Hospital.

Captain Thomas Sterling Suddarth was the firefighter most seriously injured in fire. He was taken from Moses Cone to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Greensboro Deputy Fire Chief Clarence Hunter says Capt. Suddarth is doing well Friday morning, and even talking.

Capt. William Shane Boswell, Matthew Clapp and Bryan Bachemin also sustained minor injuries. All three have been released from Moses Cone Hospital.

fire5The Deputy Fire Chief told FOX8 reporter Lindsey Eaton that he believed all four firefighters were conscious and breathing when they were transported to Cone.

There were six workers inside at the time of the fire. All made it out safely.

The fire was reported to be contained around 5 p.m.

Fire officials said this is the first serious injury a Greensboro firefighter has suffered in line of duty “in a very long time.”

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Both Charlotte and Salisbury fire departments responded to support firefighters and their families.

Greensboro Police are asking motorists and pedestrians to avoid the area of Elm and Lee Streets.

Officials said the streets will remain closed until Friday.

Firefighters still don’t know what caused the blaze but Eric Boafa, an employee at Import Knight Auto Repair, says it may have started from the space heaters workers were using to keep warm.

“I think something dropped on to the heater and it just caught on fire,” he said.

“We have not had an opportunity to go in to actually see what was causing that amount of smoke,” said Greensboro Deputy Fire Chief Clarence Hunter.

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Crews are responding to a large structure fire in downtown Greensboro Thursday afternoon.

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The fire was reported at 811 S.Elm St., Greensboro.

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Remains unclear which building is on fire. Story still developing…

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Live video of structure fire: http://myfox8.com/on-air/live-streaming/

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Fire happened at JTL Auto Sales in Greensboro. There were 6 workers inside at the time of the fire. Workers attempted to use fire extinguishers, but were unable to control flames. All 6 workers made it out safe. 

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Some firefighters may have been injured in the fire. Still waiting to talk to fire officials.

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Fire happened at JTL Auto Sales in Greensboro. There were 6 workers inside at the time of the fire. Workers attempted to use fire extinguishers, but were unable to control flames. All 6 workers made it out safe. Several cars were inside shop at time of fire.

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Motorists are urged to avoid the area near Elm and Lee Streets. Traffic is backed up due to crews working on the fire.

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The fire was reported at JTL Auto Sales, at 811 S.Elm St., Greensboro. There were six workers inside at the time of the fire. All made it out safely.

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We have several reporters on the scene. Still working to gather information about cause of fire and the health of firefighters on the scene.

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As of 1:45 p.m., still no information about the possibility of injured firefighters.

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Hearing reports roof of JTL Auto Sales may have collapsed while firefighters were inside.

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Four firefighters were injured when the roof collapsed in the fire. They were taken to Moses Cone Hospital. Injuries unknown.

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One of the firefighters was taken from Cone to Wake Forest. We’re still waiting on the conditions of the other three.

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None of the firefighters’ injuries were life threatening.

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Captain Thomas “Sterling” Suddarth was the firefighter most seriously injured in fire. He was transported from Moses Cone to Baptist Hospital.

Capt. William Shane Boswell, Matthew Clapp and Brian Bachmin also sustained minor injuries.

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Captain Thomas Sterling Suddarth was the firefighter most seriously injured in fire. He was transported from Moses Cone to Baptist Hospital.

Capt. William Shane Boswell, Matthew Clapp and Brian Bachmin also sustained minor injuries.

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