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After Weaverville house fire and bridge collapse, 6 trucks stranded, 1 injured

Buncombe County authorities said a fire truck ended up in a creek on the way to a fire early Sunday morning. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Buncombe County authorities said a fire truck ended up in a creek on the way to a fire early Sunday morning.

Firefighters were responding to a house fire on White Bridge Road, near Upper Flat Creek Road in Weaverville, about 12:40 a.m. Sunday. Firefighters say the home involved was engulfed in flames when they arrived.

The Reynolds Fire Department truck had to cross a bridge to access the home. The bridge collapsed, but no firefighters were injured, authorities said.

Six trucks became stranded on the other side of the bridge.

Crews were able to transport one man from inside the house to the hospital before the bridge collapsed. Officials say that man has burns, and they don't know his condition.

The house was badly damaged.

Weaverville Fire Department Chief Ted Williams said he was relieved to find out no firefighters were harmed in the bridge incident.

"When I first got here, that's all I cared about. Is everyone okay? They told me everyone was good. Stuff can be fixed. People can't. "

Buncombe County Emergency Services Director Jerry Vehaun confirms crews got the truck out of the creek Sunday afternoon. They used a crane to get it out; however, it and the five other trucks remain stranded on the other side of broken bridge.

Crews will return in the morning to start temporary repair.

Stranded are three Weaverville FD trucks, two Reems Creek FD trucks, and one Reynolds FD truck.

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