Firefighter Injured While Battling Fire in Sioux City

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a firefighter was injured following a blaze at an apartment complex in north Sioux City.

The Sioux City Journal reports the firefighter slipped and fell 30 feet Monday morning from a ladder leaned against the burning building at Glen Oaks Apartments. He was briefly hospitalized but is now home.

Another firefighter slipped on icy ground. No residents were injured.

The fire was reported shortly before 7 a.m. The newspaper reports the fire damaged at least a dozen apartment units. The entire building has been deemed uninhabitable.

Authorities say the frigid weather caused three private fire hydrants to malfunction. Water from the fire department's hoses also froze to the ground.

The local American Red Cross chapter says it's assisting more than two dozen people affected by the fire.
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