Homestead - South Dade

Firefighter responding to brush fire ‘knocked unconscious’ when tree falls on him

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue employee works in the area of Southwest 134th Court and 288th Street where a firefighter was hurt fighting a brush fire on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2017.
A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue employee works in the area of Southwest 134th Court and 288th Street where a firefighter was hurt fighting a brush fire on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2017. pfarrell@miamiherald.com

A firefighter responding to a brush fire in Homestead was “knocked unconscious” at the scene when a tree fell on him, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

The firefighter, whose name has not been released, was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital Ryder Trauma Center.

Lt. Felipe Lay said the firefighter was “alert” but being monitored “because of the type of injury.”

“It appears it was a head injury,” he said.

The fire reportedly started in the area of Southwest 288th Street and Old Biscayne Drive. Crews were tackling the flames Wednesday when the tree fell.

Lay said that crews immediately pulled the injured firefighter from under the tree.

No other firefighters were injured.

It was not clear what started the blaze, which was not far from Homestead Air Reserve Base.

A Miami-Dade firefighter was injured Wednesday and later flown to Ryder Trauma Center after a tree fell on him as he fought a brush fire.

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