An Erath County firefighter transported from the scene of a structure fire by ambulance Tuesday escaped serious injury.
The firefighter, who has not been named, was taken to the hospital after a portion of wall fell on his foot, according to Chris Gable, fire coordinator with Erath County Volunteer Fire Rescue.
The firefighter is a paid county employee and not a volunteer, according to Gable who said although he sustained significant bruising to his foot, the firefighter was released from the hospital after it was determined he had no broken bones or other serious injuries.
"He is already back at work with no restrictions," Gable said Wednesday.
Crews from Erath and Hamilton counties responded to the fire, which was about a mile from the county line on CR 295.
A neighbor called emergency dispatchers reporting the fire at about 2:19 p.m., Fire Marshal Steve Cole said, adding Carlton volunteers arrived on the scene about 10 minutes after the call was received. Crew remained on the scene until 7 p.m.
Cole said no one was home when the fire started, and the cause is currently under investigation.
The residence and an adjoining structure were significantly damaged by the blaze.
"It's a total loss," Cole said, adding a single resident, who he did not identify, was displaced.