Gulfport firefighter recovering after falling off roof while battling fire

Gulfport firefighter hospitalized after falling off roof while fighting house fire

GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - A Gulfport firefighter is home recovering after falling off a roof Tuesday night while fighting a house.

Fire Chief Michael Beyerstedt told WLOX that firefighter, who has been identified as Jeff Scafide, fell about 10 feet. He was conscious when he was taken to Memorial Hospital. A CT scan was done and came back normal, said the chief.

Authorities say preliminary investigation indicates that the fire began in the home’s attic through the chimney. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze quickly.

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