Inmate firefighter in critical condition after injury sustained during fire suppression efforts in Lakeside area

LAKESIDE (KUSI) — An inmate firefighter sustained serious injuries Wednesday while assisting in fighting a brush fire in Lakeside. 

The man suffered a severe leg wound about 2:45 p.m. in an accident involving a chain saw he was using to clear away vegetation at the site of the blaze off Los Coches Road, north of Olde Highway 80 in Lakeside, according to Cal Fire.

The inmate was transferred to Grossmont Hospital and remains there in critical condition.

 The victim’s name was not released.

Firefighters were able to stop the forward rate of spread of the half-acre fire in the area of Los Coches Road and Olde Highway 80 and expected to have the fire fully contained by late Wednesday afternoon. 

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