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Heat from fire caused gun to shoot Wisconsin firefighter

Posted at 8:54 AM, Feb 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-27 09:54:19-05

CONRATH, Wis. (AP) — Fire officials in Wisconsin say the heat from a fire caused a loaded gun to discharge, critically wounding a firefighter.

The Cornell Area Fire Department said Friday that 35-year-old Justin Fredrickson is out of the intensive care unit and recovering.

A week earlier, Fredrickson was working a fire in the northwestern part of the state when the heat from the fire caused the gun to go off.

Fredrickson was shot in the abdomen. He was taken to a nearby hospital and later airlifted for medical treatment in Eau Claire.

The department says he had at least three surgeries and has since been up and walking.

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