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Hebron fire lieutenant critically injured responding to structure fire in Lebanon

LEBANON — A Hebron fire lieutenant was critically injured in a fire at 701 Tobacco Road in Lebanon Monday.

Shortly before 11:30 p.m., the Hebron Fire Department was dispatched as mutual aid to the town of Lebanon.

Crews were responding to  what was originally reported as a chimney fire and upgraded to a structure fire.

According to officials, while responding to the fire, Lt. Eric Saunders’ vehicle left the road striking a tree.

Another firefighter arrived on  scene and immediately radioed for help — Lieutenant Saunders was unconscious requiring extrication and Advanced Life Support.

A Hebron Fire spokesperson confirmed Saunders was  transported to Hartford Hospital where he underwent surgery and remains in serious condition at this time.

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