Firefighter injured after falling 25 feet through skylight

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DENVER -- A firefighter is recovering after falling through a roof while batting a fire just north of downtown Denver.

It started as a routine dumpster fire behind a building at 3850 Blake St., but nothing is routine when it comes to fighting a fire and making sure everything is safe.

The call came in about 9:30 p.m. and Denver Fire crews quickly responded. The fire from the dumpster did some damage to the side of the building so crews had to climb on to the roof to make sure they had it all put out.

That's when the firefighter stepped on a skylight and fell about 25 feet.

“Because the dumpster was right next to the building, the building was scorched on the outside," Denver Fire Lt. Mike Pylar said. "That's why we went to the roof to make sure it's OK, to make sure nothing on the other side of the wall was on fire."

The firefighter was taken to Denver Health Medical Center with serious but nonlife-threatening injuries.

 

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