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Family homeless, firefighters injured; arson investigation underway in Logan County

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Firefighters Pete Krom and Robbie Johnson answered the call Saturday along with other firefighters from at least three departments to battle a massive blaze in Sarah Ann, in Logan County.

The call came in around 1:30 p.m.

Johnson arrived, the wind changed, and the flames and heat caused first and second degree burns on his right arm.  Krom suffered heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation.  Both were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

"We're pretty much all brothers,” Johnson said. 

Both men are on the Main Island Creek Volunteer Fire Department.  Both said they tried to keep fighting the flames after they were hurt but relied on their fellow firefighters to get the job done when they realized they couldn't.

"We got a real good, a real good family here,” Krom said. 

A family, a bond that has kept both men in the business for about 30 years each.  

Luckily, both men are recovering. Johnson is already back on active duty. These two firefighters said that risks are just part of the job.

The fire they were injured in is being investigated as arson.  A family living next door is now homeless because the initial fire, which was set in an abandoned home, spread to their home.  Their dog died as a result. 

If you have any information on this fire, or any other arson in the mountain state, you are asked to call the arson hotline at 1-800-233-FIRE.  There is a reward for information. 
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