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'I’m not gonna go out like this' - Manchester fire captain seriously burned during rescue at fatal blaze back on the job

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S urrounded by flames, his equipment snagged on a ladder, Steve DesRuisseaux thought his 48 years on this earth might be over.

The Manchester fire captain, a 24-year veteran of the department he wanted to join as a kid growing up on the city’s West Side, felt his skin burning as he battled a fatal apartment fire last fall.

Manchester Fire Capt. Steve DesRuisseaux

Manchester Fire Capt. Steve DesRuisseaux speaks with a reporter at Manchester Central Station on Wenesday. He returned to work this week after getting injured fighting a fire in November.

Manchester Fire Capt. Steve DesRuisseaux

Fire Capt. Steve DesRuisseaux has a laugh with his fellow firefighters at Manchester Central Station on Wednesday. He returned to work this week after being injured fighting a fire in November.

Manchester Fire Capt. Steve DesRuisseaux

Manchester Fire Capt. Steve DesRuisseaux speaks with a fellow firefighters at Manchester Central Station on Wednesday. He returned to work this week after getting injured fighting a fire in November.

Manchester Fire Capt. Steve DesRuisseaux

Scars remain on Capt. Steve DesRuisseaux’s left hand, seven months after he was burned fighting a fatal fire in Manchester.

Manchester Fire Capt. Steve DesRuisseaux

Though he's only cleared for light duty right now, Manchester Fire Capt. Steve DesRuisseaux shows where he keeps his turnout gear at Manchester Central Station.