Firefighter injured at scene of semi brake fire

By Michael Ullery

April 3, 2014

Staff reports

PIQUA — A Piqua firefighter was injured from an explosion on Thursday afternoon while working the scene of a brake fire on a semi trailer at East Ash Street and I-75 just before 2 p.m.

The injured firefighter has been identified as Bill Hogston, 46, of Piqua. Hogston is a 24-year-veteran to the Piqua Fire Department, city officials said.

Hogston remained in the emergency room at the Upper Valley Medical Center on Thursday evening and was being treated for facial lacerations, though the injuries are not life-threatening.

Hogston’s family was contacted, but the fire department refused to release the name to area media. The Daily Call confirmed the name independently through several other sources.

A motorist notified Miami County 9-1-1 that flames were showing on a westbound Sysco Food Services semi tractor trailer on U.S. Route 36 just after 1:30 p.m.

The semi driver extinguished the brake fire himself, but later asked the police to also dispatch firefighters.

Once firefighters arrived Hogston got underneath the trailer and was using a water extinguisher to cool down the surface when “an air bag exploded” in the face of Hogston, which knocked him to the ground, according to city officials and scanner traffic.

The scene was cleared and reopened to traffic about an hour after the fire.