Arundel firefighter injured in blaze

October 04, 2003|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

A 40-year-old Anne Arundel County firefighter sustained minor burns when he fell through the floor of a Brooklyn Park rowhouse during an early-morning blaze yesterday.

Firefighter Michael Sosnoski became wedged between the first floor and the basement of the rowhouse on the 5300 block of Wasena Ave. as he and about 25 firefighters battled the blaze, said Division Chief John M. Scholz, the Fire Department spokesman.

Sosnoski, a 17-year veteran who works at the Brooklyn fire station, was treated yesterday morning at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released.

No one else was injured, Scholz said. About 18 firefighters have been injured at fire scenes this year, he said.

The department's rapid-intervention crew quickly rescued Sosnoski, and paramedics treated him at the scene before transporting him to Shock Trauma, Scholz said.

The fire drew 37 firefighters to the scene. It was brought under control by 3:50 a.m., less than an hour after the initial 911 call, Scholz said. Traffic on Wasena was closed for about two hours.

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