Fire burns electrician at work in commercial building in Fort Collins

FORT COLLINS - An electrician was burned Wednesday morning in a fire that started while he was working in the electrical room of a commercial building.

The electrician was working in the basement of the four story building in Fort Collins when the fire ignited.

The fire system activated, saving the building and keeping the fire from spreading, according to the Poudre Fire Authority.

Firefighters said they had trouble immediately attacking the fire due to the energized electrical panels that were arcing.

Firefighters rescued the electrician. He was taken to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland. His condition is unknown.

Officials said fire damage was limited to the electrical room.

However, there was smoke on all levels of the east wing, Poudre Fire Authority said.

Firefighters spent two hours at the building making sure the fire did not spread and clearing the building of smoke.

Investigators said they are working to determine an origin and cause.

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