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Sacramento firefighters battle car blaze, then ‘some sort of explosion occurred’

Capt. Greg Quick.
Capt. Greg Quick. Sacramento Fire Department

Two Sacramento Fire Department firefighters were burned Friday when an explosion occurred while they were helping extinguish a car fire, said Capt. Dave Lauchner, department spokesman.

Capt. Greg Quick and firefighter Mark Robertson suffered non-life-threatening burns of varying degrees and were taken to UC Davis Medical Center for attention.

Robertson was treated for minor burns and released, and is recovering at home. Quick remains in the hospital, where he is being treated for burns to his face and hand. He will be hospitalized “for an unknown amount of time,” Lauchner said. “It’s a dangerous job and we deal with the unexpected all the time.”

The fire department was called to the 6300 block of Ehrhardt Avenue in Sacramento, where an unoccupied car was on fire. Shortly after they began extinguishing the flames, “some sort of explosion occurred,” burning both men.

The Sacramento Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire and the explosion.

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe