GEORGETOWN, Ohio – A firefighter was recently released from the hospital following a fire in Georgetown this week.
Jeff Houchin, a firefighter with Georgetown Fire Department, suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation while fighting a house fire at the corner of the Second Street and South Pleasant Street in the Village of Georgetown.
According to Georgetown Village Administrator Art Owens, the Georgetown Fire Department and fire departments from Hammersville, Ripley and Mt. Orab assisted in fighting the fire.
“Upon arrival, our crews deployed three 2.5-inch fire-fighting lines and began an exterior until the fire was brought under control enough to make entry into the home to complete the extinguishment of the fire,” Owens said. “All the responding departments worked very diligently and brought the fire under control very quickly after arrival on the scene.”
According to Owens, the home will probably be deemed a total loss.
“There was heavy extensive damage to the front half of the structure and the upstairs area,” Owens said.
None of the family was injured in the fire.
Houchin was transported to Anderson Mercy Hospital and stayed overnight for observation. According to Owens, everything appears OK and Houchin was released on Wednesday, May 2.
According to a Facebook post by Kouchin, the smoke inhalation was due to a minor equipment failure
“I would like to thank everyone for all the texts, phone calls and Facebook messages,” Houchin wrote. “I’m truly overwhelmed by the response from the community and my fellow firefighters and EMS co-workers.”
Houchin also thanked the Mercy Hospital ER and the assisting fire departments, along with his wife.
“Sometimes I think we forget about how much we put our spouses through,” Houchin said. “Everyone stay safe out there.”