Firefighter injured while battling ‘suspicious’ house fire in High Point

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- A firefighter is at home recovering tonight after falling through the floor of a house fire. Fire officials say he was checking to make sure no one was inside the home.

Firefighters got out to the home on East Commerce Avenue around noon on Monday. The home has been vacant for years. This same home caught on fire back in 2009. Fire investigators weren't able to figure out what caused that fire.

Fire officials say responding to vacant home fires can be risky.

"We don’t know a vacant structure. You have no idea what condition the structure is in. You can have holes in the floor, copper pipes cut out, void spaces; they do present a challenge for us," explains Battalion Chief Russell Doane.

Doane says they've been called out to several vacant home fires in this part of High Point. Neighbors know boarded up houses bring trouble.

"These people living on the streets can go in there and stay in there and [there is] smoking going on. It's dangerous, explains Beatrice Atkins, a neighbor.

This fire was suspicious, officials said. Fire investigators are still trying to figure out the exact cause.

Fire officials aren't releasing the name of the injured firefighter.

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