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Hampton Fire Chief receives burns while fighting fire

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Hampton, Tenn. -

A local fire chief is recovering after receiving second and third degree burns Thursday afternoon while fighting a fire.

The fire happened at a two story apartment building in Hampton off Deerfield Lane. Firefighters went in to put out the fire, and the ceiling on the first floor fell down, burning Hampton Fire Chief Johnny Isaac on the back of his neck.

He tells News Channel 11 that even though he was injured by the flames he considers Thursday's work a success and so do the residents inside.

"It was a success," said Chief Isaac. "Our controlled time, I haven't called to get it, I'm looking 20 minutes from the time we got on scene. I had other fire departments come and back us up so I mean we all worked together."

"It's the grace of God that we have each other," said Perry Ashley, who lived in the apartment. "It could of happened at night when we both could have been in there. You know, that's all we need and that's all we want is to have each other and be thankful that we are both alive."

After talking with News Channel 11, Chief Isaac went to a local hospital. He said the building has significant water, smoke and heat damage.

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