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CONTACT: Mary Charles, city communications officer, (816) 513-1356


Update on firefighters injured at Oct. 18 fire on city’s east side

City of Kansas City, Mo., firefighters Captain Chris Joiner and James Baker suffered injuries in a fire at a two-story vacant apartment building in the 1600 block of East 31st Street on Oct. 18. The Fire Department responded to the fire at 9:46 a.m.

Upon arrival, firefighters advanced a hose line to the second floor and initiated a primary search for any occupants. Shortly after entry the order was given to evacuate the structure as conditions began to rapidly deteriorate. Captain Chris Joiner became disoriented and was unable to evacuate the structure on his own. Firefighter James Baker was able to locate and rescue his fellow firefighter from the structure.

Captain Joiner suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns to both his body and extremities, while Firefighter Baker suffered burns to his extremities. Both firefighters were transported to the Kansas University Medical Center’s Burn Center. Firefighter Baker is expected to be released today and it is anticipated that Captain Joiner will remain in the hospital for approximately two weeks.

Captain Joiner is a 19 year veteran of the department while Firefighter Baker has been with the department for 8 years.

For more information, contact Joe Vitale with the Fire Department, at (816) 784-9172.


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