Father and son homeless after fire

9:45 AM, Feb 21, 2013   |    comments
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Firefighters said the home on Verbena Street is "probably a complete loss."

ATLANTA -- An Atlanta firefighter suffered second degree burns in an early morning fire that left a father and son homeless.

Atlanta Fire Captain Shawn Johnson said the family's home on Verbena Street off Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard was enguled when firefighters arrived at 3:48 a.m. Thursday.

"We had heavy involvement," he said. "It's probably a complete loss."

The father and teenage son told firefighters the fire started in a hallway furnace. They were home at the time, but managed to get out safely and are now staying with relatives.

The injured firefighter was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with a burned forehead. No names have been released.

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