Injured firefighter describes scene of accident

11:28 PM, Apr 24, 2013   |    comments
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Brian Pratts is out of the hospital and back home recovering

An East Tennessee firefighter is out of the hospital and back home recovering.

On Tuesday, Rural/Metro firefighter Brian Pratts was part of a crew battling a house fire in South Knox County. While working to remove a window, part of the home's brick facade collapsed on top of him.

"I was laying there, pretty well stunned in that area," Pratts remembers. "I didn't lose consciousness but I was definitely dazed. They get me and drug me to a safe area at which time the ambulance crew was waiting to assess me and transport me to UT."

Pratts underwent surgery Tuesday night on a broken foot. He also broke his thumb and tore several tendons in his foot.

"Feel like I've been run over by a house," he joked from his kitchen table Wednesday evening, after being released from the hospital.

"It's probably the most scared I've ever been in my career as a fireman."

Pratts has been with the Rural/Metro Fire Department for 20 years. Although he has sustained his fair share of bumps, bruises and burns, he says this particular accident stands out.

"We try to prevent those things from happening. We train to be safe, but there's inherent risk to being a firemen."

His recovery will take some time, and doctors have him in a boot with crutches for the next six to eight weeks.

Already, his firefighting family has offered support.

"I've had guys at the hospital all day today, all night last night. Guys were in and out while I was in surgery and I didn't even know they were there, and a couple of guys have even stopped by here at the house when I got home," he said.

"I'm really blessed, I'm really fortunate."

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