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Ceiling falls on Greenville firefighter battling house fire

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A firefighter with the Boiling Springs Fire Department is recovering after battling a house fire. Flames ripped through the roof causing it to collapse right on top of him.

Brandon Waldrep was the firefighter trapped inside, and this is something he always knew could happen.

"Any structure fire you go in to you know there's a risk when you go in but that's what you train for," Waldrep said.

He put his life on the line performing a search and rescue inside the burning house. 

He said they were pulling the ceilings when they found the flames on the second floor of the house.  Shortly after he says the ceiling collapsed right on top of him.

Inside the home and under the ceiling - smoke was everywhere and flames were still blazing through the roof, but he says he could hear his brothers, his heroes on the way.

"The guys that I was in there with, they snatched me right up, figured what was going on, and got me out in a matter of seconds", Waldrep said.

He says in those few seconds time didn't slow down, but his training kicked in and he says this is why they do training everyday.

"I mean we train so much for that scenario that I didn't really think about anything except I resorted back to the training as far as thinking what just happened, okay 'now what do I need to do to get out of this situation?'," Waldrep explained.

He was able to make it out with just minor injuries, but his wife Kayla Waldrep, was just about to get the call from the fire chief--the call no one wants to hear. 

"All the firefighter wives we all pray stuff like this..you never get that call. You hear about it but hope you wont be that person to get the call", Kayla Waldrep said.

Brandon Waldrep said he's thankful he had the best of the best right there beside him, and gives them all the credit because they're the reason he's still here today.

"Those guys right beside you in a fire you know that they will lay their life down for you any day of the week and I would the same for any of them."

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