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Santa Barbara fire: 3 veteran firefighters suffering from burns, smoke inhalation

May 7, 2009 |  9:54 am

Three Ventura County firefighters injured fighting the Jesusita fire are suffering from second- and third-degree burns and smoke inhalation, officials said.

The firefighters were injured when they were protecting a structure. They are in stable and improving condition at the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital, said Roy Forbes, a spokesman for the hospital.

The injured firefighters are: Capt. Brian Bulger, 57, a 30-year veteran; Capt. Ron Topolinski, 51, a 28-year veteran; and Robert Lopez, 44, an eight-year veteran.

All three are expected to stay at the center for about a week, Forbes said.

A total of 10 firefighters have been injured fighting the fire, officials said.

Here's an earlier report on the injured firefighters.

-- Raja Abdulrahim


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