A volunteer firefighter who was injured fighting a Feb. 6 blaze is back home and expected to recover fully.
Fire Department Mount Joy Assistant Fire Chief Bill Kanoff, 56, said he was discharged Saturday, Feb. 10, from Crozer Burn Center in Delaware County.
The fire in the 600 block of Union School Road destroyed a two-story home, displacing three people. State police fire marshal Trooper Timothy Pray ruled it accidental, caused by mechanical failure in a recently driven 1989 Corvette.
Kanoff called himself “one lucky dude” and said, “I’m doing pretty good. Most of my burns are to my arms, hands, shoulders; they’ll heal.”
Kanoff said he works at a hospital and expects to be able to return to work early April if things go well.
“It’ll probably be a little bit longer until I get back on the firetruck,” he said. “I’ll be back; I know I will.”
Kanoff said he’s been a volunteer firefighter most of his adult life, following the example of his grandfather and father, and that his son, Billy Kanoff, volunteers with the same department and was instrumental in his rescue after a sudden surge of heat pushed him to the floor.
Bill Kanoff called the fire department “a tremendous, tremendous support group,” noting that members visited him at the burn center and have been helping around the house.
The department also launched an online fundraiser for Kanoff on YouCaring.com that had raised $2,190 of its $4,000 goal as of Sunday afternoon.
Kanoff said his treatment will be covered by worker’s compensation, but his wife took a leave of absence from work because of his injuries, and the funds will “definitely help.”