West Frankfort firefighters were called to a mobile home fire on Parish Road Tuesday morning. When they arrived, they found fire and smoke coming from inside. But because of a lack of a water source near the mobile home, mutual aid was requested from several neighboring departments. Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire, but the mobile home is considered a total loss.
While responding to the call for assistance six Zeigler firefighters were transported to emergency rooms after their fire engine rolled over. Authorities say the fire engine left the roadway just south of Parrish Road on Baseline Road and rolled onto its passenger side, pinning one firefighter in the vehicle. It took nearly 45 minutes to extricate the firefighter from the vehicle and she was then flown to a trauma center in Evansville for evaluation. The other five firefighters were transported to Herrin ER for evaluation. All six firefighters were treated and released from the hospital. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash. And the cause of the home fire is still under investigation.
As West Frankfort Fire Department Ambulance personnel were responding to the fire, they drove up on a traffic crash at the intersection of East Main Street and Jefferson Street. But the two people involved in the crash didn’t want to be taken by ambulance to the hospital and signed a refusal of service. The West Frankfort Police Department is investigating the crash.