WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Gardner's fire chief remains hospitalized in Worcester from injuries sustained fighting a house fire.

The Telegram & Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1LKuHSn) Chief Richard Ares is reported in stable condition Saturday at UMass Memorial Medical Center with a concussion and a back injury. Officials have said his injuries are not life-threatening.

Fire officials said Ares was injured Friday helping to fight a fire in Templeton. He fell 8 feet from a deck onto pavement when a railing failed. An EMT from Templeton also was treated for smoke inhalation at the fire.

Templeton Fire chief Raymond LaPorte said the single-family house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at around 1 p.m. Friday. He said the homeowner's dog was killed in the fire, which he said started accidentally.


Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com