Kokomo firefighter injured
while responding to blaze
Martin Slagter | Kokomo
firefighter suffered minor injuries after falling through the floor
while responding to a blaze Wednesday morning (December 30, 2015) on
West Monroe Street.
The Kokomo Fire
Department received a call at 5:32 a.m. Wednesday to a vacant property
at 319 W. Monroe St., where a fire had been set intentionally in the
front of the structure, Kokomo Fire Chief Nick Glover said.
Shortly after arriving on
the scene, Glover said firefighter Landen Bartley was injured after the
fire had burned through the first floor of the structure, causing him
to fall into the basement.
Bartley was taken to the
hospital, where he was treated for injuries to his hand and wrist. He
was released later Wednesday morning.
“He’s going to go see an
orthopedic surgeon, but he has been released from the hospital,” Glover
Glover said all of the
utilities were shut off inside the vacant building, which was divided
into three different apartments. The fire was set in the front
Glover said pour patterns
revealed an accelerant had been used to start the fire.
Despite having to delay
extinguishing the fire temporarily to assist Bartley, the fire took
less than an hour to put out. Glover estimated the fire resulted in
about $25,000 to $30,000 in damage.
The fire remains under
investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the KFD at