Firefighter in critical condition after being struck by hose


A San Francisco firefighter is in critical condition after being struck by a hose while fighting a blaze in a downtown high rise, according to a report.

The SFFD was at the scene of a fire on the 19th floor of a building near the city’s Financial District when one of the firefighters was inadvertently stuck by the hose line he was carrying, causing him to fall, KPIX-TV reported.

A spokesperson for the department, Lt. John Baxter, identified the victim as Matt Vann, a six-year veteran of the department, at a press conference Monday evening.

According to Baxter, Vann “dropped to the ground, hit his head, rendering that firefighter unconscious and not breathing.”

He also described Vann as a “beloved member of our department.”

A Muni Bus operated by the SFMTA also drove through the firefighters’ operational area while the incident occurred, Baxter said, though it remains unclear whether the bus struck the hose or impeded the firefighters in any way.

The firefighter was transported to San Francisco General Hospital. He is currently listed in critical condition.

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