WEXFORD COUNTY, MI – A firefighter was injured in an explosion while responding to a structure fire in Antioch Township early Sunday morning, officials reported. The Colfax-Greenwood Fire Department was called to assist the Northwest Wexford Emergency Authority at a pole barn fire on North 19 Road in Antioch Township.
As firefighters were setting up a defensive attack, a large explosion occurred, causing a call for a firefighter down and prompting the arrival of additional resources to the scene. The injured firefighter was given care by several of his colleagues before being transported to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. Currently, the firefighter is reported to be in stable condition.
Following the explosion and injury, the fire was brought under control and the scene was cleared by 5 a.m. An ongoing investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the fire.
The incident serves as a reminder of the dangers that firefighters face in the line of duty and the risks they take to protect their communities. It also highlights the importance of adequate training and resources for emergency response teams in handling such volatile situations.
Authorities are continuing to investigate the incident to determine the factors that led to the explosion and subsequent injury of the firefighter. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
In summary, a firefighter was injured in an explosion while responding to a pole barn fire in Antioch Township. The incident prompted a call for additional resources and the injured firefighter was taken to a medical center in Traverse City, where he is currently in stable condition. An ongoing investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the fire.