A firefighter is in a critical condition and has been left with serious burns over much of his body after falling through the roof of a burning home in Fresno, California, on Sunday, officials told ABC30.
The horrifying moment the firefighter — a 25-year veteran who has yet to be publicly identified — plunged into the inferno was captured on video by Sooji Lee, who lives near the property on Cortland and Del Mar avenues in Fresno.
Fresno Fire Battalion Chief Todd Tuggle said the "sounds from the public were traumatizing in and of themselves. We could hear people screaming. We could hear people running in, trying to help," ABC30 reported.
Fresno Fire Chief Kerri Donis said, "his burns were on his hands, around his face. He did have his mask intact. There were some other burns on his back, around his legs, so they're pretty much in all areas of his body," ABC30 reported.
After the incident, Fresno Fire Department tweeted a message thanking people for their support.
Speaking to reporters, fire chief Donis described the firefighter involved in the incident as a "seasoned captain," NBC News reported.
The fire department added: "Fresno Firefighters have pulled together in this tragic time and are fully supporting the firefighter's family in their time of need."
Lee, who captured the video, said: "I almost had an anxiety attack because we didn't know what was going to happen. I honestly didn't think he was going to make it," according to ABC30.