Detroit firefighter injured after falling through collapsed roof

Detroit firefighter injured after falling through collapsed roof

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DETROIT (WJBK) -

A Detroit firefighter was injured Thursday when he fell through a collapsed roof while fighting a blaze on Detroit's west side, officials say.

Adam Mlinarich fell face first onto an instrument called a pike pole, which is a long metal-topped pole with a hooked end. It's used to search for fires behind walls and ceilings, and a fellow firefighter was using the instrument on the floor beneath Mlinarich.

The pike pole pierced Mlinarich's cheek, broke his jaw and knocked out several of his teeth. Mlinarich's jaw will likely have to be wired shut for a couple months.

Mlinarich underwent surgery at Henry Ford Hospital Friday afternoon.

Mlinarich's father, Mike, a retired battalion chief, says he's relieved the pole didn't strike his son's eye or temple. He also had a conversation with his son who told him they respond to fires just like this two or three times a day, and that something was bound to happen.

The fire happened on McGraw Street near 28th Street. Officials say the fire was small so crews were able to put it out pretty quickly. The cause is under investigation.

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