A VOLUNTEER firefighter was injured responding to yesterday's fire at Brewster.
The firefighter was part of a crew dispatched to the fire which broke out around 2pm yesterday and rapidly burnt through the landscape.
It is believed the fire was caused by a lightning strike.
District 16 Commander Neville Collins told The Courier that a volunteer from the Beaufort group of brigades had sustained an injury whilst out on the fire ground.
The firefighter remains in hospital with a dislocated ankle and several leg fractures.
Commander Collins said the firefighter would be "out of action" for quite some time, due to his leg being in plaster and being unable to bear weight on the injured leg for a number of weeks.
While firefighters do sustain injuries from time to time, they are generally minor in nature - a cut or abrasion or a rolled ankle - and are not as severe as this.
Commander Collins said the Country Fire Authority would maintain contact with the member and do what it could to support them, such as organising compensation through an insurance agency.
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