Firefighter injured in San Luis Obispo blaze is recovering

acornejo@thetribunenews.comMarch 11, 2013 

The firefighter who was injured while battling a weekend blaze at a San Luis Obispo apartment complex will make a full recovery, officials said Monday.

San Luis Obispo City Fire Captain/Paramedic Matt Lipson suffered bumps and bruises while fighting a fire Saturday morning at the Stenner Glen Student Housing Apartment Complex at 1050 Foothill Blvd.

Lipson, on his hands and knees, was advancing the hose line down the third floor hallway to fight the fire when the ceiling and roof collapsed and struck him in the head, Fire Chief Charlie Hines said.

No one else was hurt in the blaze, which was reported at 11:02 a.m.

Firefighters arrived at the Stenner Glen apartment complex soon afterward to discover a third-floor blaze that had blown out windows and was making its way into the building's attic.

The fire was under control by around 11:20 a.m., Battalion Chief Jeff Gater said.

One firefighter was taken to the hospital after part of a ceiling fell on him as he was fighting the blaze.

No one else was hurt in the fire.

The cause of the fire, which officials say started in an unoccupied room on the third floor, is being investigated.

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