Injured Chattanooga Firefighters Speak

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 10/18/2013 7:16 pm

The mound of charred equipment is what you'd call a reality check, according to Chattanooga firefighters, Dan Peterson and Chad Williams.

Williams says, "Felt my hand sizzle. I could actually feel the skin underneath the glove.  Right now I'm happy to have this much movement in my thumbs."

Peterson adds, "Second and possibly third degree burns."

On October 7th, Peterson and Williams walked into a room that was at least three times hotter than your oven if you were baking a cake.

They experienced what you'd call a flashover.

That's when several combustibles explode.

It caused their gear to melt.

Peterson adds, "Painful."

Their helmet is supposed to be bright yellow in color.

Williams says, "All of a sudden it got really hot really hot really fast and we knew something was not right."

These firefighters now have to scrub their second and third degree burns for at least an hour a day, not to mention return to Nashville for additional treatment.

Williams adds, "Might have to have a skin graft. They're not sure yet."

But despite that, this veteran and rookie firefighter look forward to going back to work in a few weeks.

They say they trust their fellow firefighters, training, and believe it or not, their gear.

Shawn O' Kelley, a safety officer, adds, "They may have received some burns, but we have three guys with us still today."

A third firefighter, Captain Dean Rogers, was also burned in the fire, but not as bad.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

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