Runaway Tractor at Barn Fire Sends Two Richburg (SC) Fire-Rescue Firefighters to Hospital

One firefighter was treated for cuts, but the other had to be checked for a hip injury.

Two Richburg (SC) Fire-Rescue firefighters were sent to the hospital Sunday afternoon while battling a barn fire off Old Richburg Road.

The department said the barn was burning heavily and a grass fire was spreading toward other structures when a tractor on the property fell out of gear and rolled down a hill. It then hit two firefighters who were operating the pump panel on Engine 812.

One firefighter was treated for cuts, but the other had to be checked for a hip injury; he was eventually released and didn’t break any bones.

“We would like to thank everyone for calls and messages this afternoon!” the department wrote on Facebook. “Earlier this afternoon we responded to a barn fire off Old Richburg Rd. The structure was fully involved and a grass fire was spreading toward other structures and a heavily wooded area.

“There is no way to express how terrifying the words “firefighters down” actually are! Thank you to Lewis Fire, Fort Lawn Fire Lando Fire, SC Forestry, FC1, FC2, Chester County Sheriff’s Office and our dispatchers for everything! We greatly appreciate all of your efforts and compassion today!”

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