Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Gulfport firefighter injured after fall from roof

ST. PETERSBURG — A Gulfport firefighter was injured Wednesday when he fell off a roof while battling a house fire.

The firefighter, whose name was not released, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in stable condition. He fell about 8 feet, said Lt. Joel Granata, spokesman for St. Petersburg Fire Rescue.

St. Petersburg and Gulfport firefighters responded to the fire at 1724 Scranton St. around 5 p.m. Heavy smoke and flames were in the attic, Granata said.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze in about 20 minutes.

The injured firefighter was helping ventilate the home when he fell, Granata said.

"The roof is slippery from squirting water," he said. "It's a dangerous job up there."

The fire, which was caused by a lightning strike Tuesday evening, smoldered for nearly 24 hours before the fire became apparent. It caused about $20,000 damage.

Gulfport firefighter injured after fall from roof 07/31/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 11:24pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Lightning owner Jeff Vinik backs film company pursuing global blockbusters


    TAMPA — Jeff Vinik's latest investment might be coming to a theater near you.

    Jeff Vinik, Tampa Bay Lightning owner, invested in a new movie company looking to appeal to a global audience. | [Times file photo]
  2. Hernando readies for possible rally at county's Confederate monument

    Public Safety

    BROOKSVILLE — Law enforcement officials have readied themselves in response to a string of social media rumors about possible rallies at the Hernando County courthouse Friday afternoon centered around the Confederate soldier statue that sits out front.

    Hernando County's Confederate monument stands on the courthouse lawn in downtown Brooksville.
  3. What to watch this weekend: 'The Defenders,' 'Halt and Catch Fire,' 'What Happened to Monday'


    Slow burn: The Defenders

    First there was Daredevil, then Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist followed. Now, the superheroes team up for The Defenders. The new Marvel series on Netflix follows the city's unlikeliest heroes as they struggle with their own personal vendettas …

    Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones in The Defenders.
  4. Bill Nelson celebrates Steve Bannon's departure


    Bill Nelson likes what he sees Steve Bannon getting the boot:

  5. Algae bloom and fish kill confirmed in Old Tampa Bay


    An algae bloom and fish kill have been confirmed in Old Tampa Bay from Safety Harbor to the south end of the Bayside Bridge.