Firefighter ends up in hospital; injured fighting fire in Glendale

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

GLENDALE, Ariz. --  A firefighter is in the hospital after battling a fire that broke out at a Glendale home near 67th Avenue and Olive.

The fire broke out at a home just a block away from a fire station, and crews were on the scene in less than a minute. In fact, they saw the smoke from the station and got here before anybody had even called the fire in.

Unfortunately, one of the Glendale firefighters fell during the initial attack and hurt his ribs. He was taken to a nearby hospital for X-rays as a precaution.

Meanwhile, there were people inside the home when the fire broke out. They were not only able to get out in time, but they were also able to knock on the neighbor's door so they could get out as well. 

"We were actually sleeping," says neighbor Leo Gonzalez. "Me and my wife and brother. Cars were in the driveway; we immediately moved them out of the way."

Firefighters say the fire started in the garage. And while the garage is pretty much a total loss, the rest of the house remains mostly unscathed, thanks in large part to the close proximity of the fire station and a quick response.

There is, however, some smoke damage, so the family had to find somewhere else to sleep Monday night.