Veteran firefighter recovers after being injured on the job

By: Lorena Estrada
By: Lorena Estrada

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- A Rural Metro firefighter returned home Wednesday afternoon after spending the night at the hospital.

Brian Pratt, a 20-year veteran, was injured while battling a house fire Tuesday evening in South Knoxville.

"I feel very blessed and very fortunate that my injuries were no more than they were," said Pratt who broke his foot and fractured his thumb.

He told Local 8 News it could have been much worse.

Pratt was one of the first firefighters on the scene. He said they set up a ladder at the front of the garage area to stop the fire from spreading into the attic and bonus room when the roof began to shake.

"When the roof started shaking, I started taking steps towards my ladder to get off of it. The brick then started to collapse. I was standing in front of the window so the brick collapsed around me and directly on top of me. But the brick above the window did come down on top of me and pushed me off the roof and into the ground," he said.

Pratt fell more than 10 feet.

"It scared me...scared me pretty good," Pratt said. "I was able to move both my arms and both my legs so I felt like I was in pretty good shape."

Pratt said it's by far the scariest incident in his career, but he feels blessed the injuries were minor. He's now hopeful for a speedy recovery so he can get back to serving his community.

"This is what I do. It's me. Being a fireman is not just a job, it's a lifestyle," Pratt said.


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