SF firefighter hospitalized after getting shocked at Bayview fire

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Two firefighters were shocked, and one of them was hospitalized, while trying to battle a one-alarm fire at a home in San Francisco’s Bayview District Wednesday afternoon, according to a fire department spokeswoman.

Fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said they were apparently shocked by a rooftop solar panel.

One firefighter was taken to the hospital to be examined after experiencing numbness in his arms. The other continued fighting the fire on-scene, Talmadge said.

The firefighters were at what was initially reported as a roof fire at 1:37 p.m. at a home in the 1100 block of Hollister Avenue, Talmadge said.

The firefighters were battling the blaze from an adjacent roof and said they did not touch the solar panel, but still got shocked somehow, according to Talmadge.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames by 2:21 p.m., Talmadge said.

PG&E crews were responding this afternoon to shut off power to the home and try to determine what happened, she said.

Residents of the home had started a fire in the fireplace at the home and the flames apparently spread somehow from the chimney to the roof and attic, Talmadge said.

No other information about the blaze was immediately available.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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