Local firefighters said late Thursday they would keep vigil around the clock at University Hospital.
“We're not pushy, but having uniforms and the auxiliary here lets them know we're here for them,” said Rob Dwyer, deputy fire chief at the Hillview Fire District.
Dwyer and two members of his fire district's auxiliary brought snacks and planned to support the injured firefighters and their families into the night.
The road to recovery could be long, said Dr. Matthew Benns, a University Hospital trauma surgeon.
“The first 24 to 48 hours are critical with a severe burn,” Benns said. “With burns such as these, you can anticipate a pretty prolonged hospital course. This is a long process to get better, probably multiple operations.”
Benns said the immediate steps would be to hydrate the firefighters, support their organs and guard against infection in the burned areas of their bodies. Because of patient privacy laws, he could not comment about whether either would need surgery.Johnson and Marrs were transported to Taylor Regional Hospital. Marrs was treated and released. Johnson was admitted for observation.
Late Thursday evening the ALS Association released a statement about the incident saying, "Our hearts go out to the injured firefighters and their families. Our thoughts will remain with them during this difficult time."Copyright 2014 WAVE 3 News. All rights reserved.