Firefighters hurt in fall

By REGGIE ROSS                                                                                                                                                  Staff Writer

Two firemen are recovering from injuries they sustained Monday morning while fighting a fire in Tie Plant.

According to Grenada Fire Chief Ronnie Willis, firefighters he identified as Lt. Daniel McCormick and Xavier Moye were injured when the roof of a porch collapsed as they attempted to make entry into the home.

“One of the firefighters suffered a broken ankle, while the other is suffering from muscle spasms,” Willis said. “They were both transported to the local hospital where they are recovering from their injuries.”

The Grenada Fire Department responded to a fire on Tie Plant Road shortly after 7 a.m.

According to Willis, the house was a vacant structure and was engulfed in flames at the time of their arrival. “All units responded to the scene, and the firefighters were making an attack inside the house,” Willis said. “There were no utilities at the house, so we’re believing this could have been squatters involved here.”

Willis said the State Fire Marshal is expected to arrive in Grenada this week as the fire is now under investigation. As far as the firefighters are concerned, Willis said there have been numerous well wishes sent throughout the community.

“We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers,” Willis said. “There’s been a lot of people calling in with their well wishes.” Grenada City Manager Trey Baker calls the local firefighters heroes. “Our guys goes into danger and do what they can to protect,” Baker said. “To me that’s a hero. Grenada’s lucky to have these firefighters.”