WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — One firefighter was still in the hospital Tuesday and three others have been released after they were injured in an accident at a construction site, along with the already injured patient they were helping.
West Valley City Fire Department reported Monday evening that the accident occurred while the firefighters were working to rescue a person who was injured in a fall at the site, located at 1770 W. 4100 South.
As the members of West Valley City Fire Department were bringing the patient down a staircase, it collapsed and injured all four of them, along with the patient.
Officials initially said there were three firefighters injured but later gave an update that one more had "experienced the later onset of pain related to the collapse" and was "undergoing further evaluation."
One of the first responders — a 36-year-old fire captain who is also a paramedic — was airlifted to a hospital with multiple broken bones and other injuries. They remained hospitalized as of Tuesday afternoon.
Two of the others were treated for "widespread bruising and pain" and released, and the other was treated and released for a sprained ankle.
The civilian initially injured was a woman in her 30s. The fire department said she suffered non-life-threatening injuries, but it was not known which injuries were from the initial fall and which came from the stairway collapse.
24yo Firefighter, 3.5 years with WVC. Treated for widespread bruising and pain. Released from hospital. 3/3— WVC Fire Department (@wvcfd) July 12, 2022