2 Nashville firefighters hurt while battling blaze - WKRN News 2

2 Nashville firefighters hurt while battling blaze

Posted: Updated: Dec 7, 2012 05:41 PM
David Powell, 56, remains hospitalized at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. David Powell, 56, remains hospitalized at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Captain James Trollinger, 61, received burns to his face and was treated and released. Captain James Trollinger, 61, received burns to his face and was treated and released.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Two Nashville firefighters were injured, one critically, while battling a house fire Thursday night in east Nashville.

The blaze broke out around 8:40 p.m. at the home located in the 2600 block of Airpark Drive.

Nashville Fire Department spokesperson Dep. Chief Kim Lawson said firefighter David Powell, 56, was exiting the burning house to replace his air tank when he fell down a flight of steps into the basement, leaving him without air.

An alarm on Powell's air tank sounded alerting his colleagues he was in trouble.

"It was really amazing that they were able to locate him so quickly because a few more minutes, since he was not breathing, could have been very tragic," Lawson told Nashville's News 2.

The 26-year veteran was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was last listed in stable condition.  He is expected to make a full recovery.

Powell's wife and children have been by his side.

"He's very emotional right now with my mom. He doesn't want her to leave his side," said Powell's son Phillip. "We are blessed. You know, the Lord was looking after him. You know it could have been worse."

Captain James Trollinger, 61, received burns to his face and was treated and released.

Lawson said the fire appears to have started in a first floor office area of the home.

The fire marshal has not yet determined the cause.

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