Brian Kelly @brpkelly

FERGUSON (KMOX)-A firefighter and police officer are said to be okay, after being injured battling a suspicious early morning fire in Ferguson.

Heavy smoke and flames were coming from the vacant house in the 400 block of South Dade when firefighters arrived at about 2 a.m., according to Assistant Fire Chief Randy Skaggs. Skaggs says the firefighter collapsed, possibly from the heat, while searching for steps that weren’t there. “At that time we were thinking it was a story-and-a-half house, from the exterior. Crews were searching all over trying to find steps going that went up the second story when there were no steps at all, it ended up being just attic space.”

Skaggs says the police officer was injured while helping carry the firefighter out. “As the crews brought him out and were loading him onto a stretcher, a lot of the guys helping, including the policeman, suffered smoke inhalation.”

Both have been treated at a hospital and released.

Skaggs says the house was vacant, but someone had broken into it before the fire. “The front door was locked. The back door was forced open by someone prior to us.”

Arson investigators are looking for the cause.

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