At least six firefighters had to be rushed to the Georgetown Hospital last evening as they were injured by falling debris during their battle against the fire which gutted the Gafoors Complex at Houston.
At least one of the firemen has suffered serious injuries to his neck while others nursed other injuries. Others were affected by the fumes of chemical material that was in the building.
News Source understands that many of the firemen had to dash to safety as the roof of the complex caved in during their fire fight.
Some of the firemen have since complained about their treatment at the Emergency room at the Georgetown Hospital. One fireman told News Source that after being rushed there, the firemen were made to sit on the waiting benches for a prolonged period before they were seen by a doctor.
“These men got injured while doing their jobs and the staff at the emergency room behaved as if that was nothing”, one fireman complained.
Some of the firefighters had been battling the blaze for well over four hours, as the fire was aided by a strong afternoon wind and tonnes of combustible material that was located in the bond. The Executive Chairman of the Gafoors Company, while counting his losses, praised the response of the Fire Service.
The fire has left hundreds of millions of dollars in damages and more than 100 employees facing an uncertain future with the company.