RICHMOND, Va (WRIC) — After suffering severe burns to his hands while responding to a deadly blaze in Southside Sunday morning, one Richmond firefighter is recovering in the hospital.
After being called to a Banton Street home, Bryan Bradley reportedly rushed into an upstairs bedroom before burning his hands, according to friend and colleague, Ryan Burke.
Richmond and Chesterfield firefighters worked to save six people from the house fire. Tragically, two children were found dead on the second floor and their mother was discovered unconscious outside after apparently jumping from a second-floor window. The mother was later reported dead.
A young mother and her two children died after being rescued from the fire at a nearby hospital.
“He was wearing all of his gear properly when he went into that room, and unfortunately the heat in that room was higher than what his gear could sustain,” Burke said.
After learning of Bradley’s injuries Burke said he had to juggle emotions knowing he was hurt while focusing on the urgency of the fire.
“The first task is helping those people. Knowing Bryan was hurt — the second task — would be checking on him,” he said.
Though Bradley is recovering, Burke said the road ahead is long.
“They were expecting about a two-month recovery, but based on some of the stuff that the doctors found over the last couple of days, they decided it’s probably going to be much longer,” Burke explained.
For now, a waiting game of optimism.
“Others at work, you know, they are just kind of waiting for the next update, hoping for a positive one,” Burke said.