GASTON COUNTY, N.C. – A New Hope firefighter was severely burned while battling a house fire in Gaston County Friday night.

According to Gaston County officials, the firefighter was working a house fire in the 1600 block of Atkins Place in Gastonia. New Hope Fire Department said the firefighter fell through a floor into a crawl space that was "well involved in [the] fire."

Following evaluation, it was determined the male firefighter sustained second-degree burns to both legs. He was transported to CMC Main for treatment, according to New Hope Fire.

New Hope Fire said the firefighter is expected to be released from the hospital Saturday.

A witness to the fire told NBC Charlotte they heard an explosion.

New Hope Fire says they will not release the firefighter's name. The fire department released the following statement in response to the firefighter's injury:

We have been asked what the public can do to assist the family. The family requests that if people are interested in helping with this situation that they reach out to their local Burned Children's Foundation and donate their time, money or resources to this awesome organization.As I told someone earlier, we have the best gear available to us and we know the risk involved in fighting fire, and made a conscious choice do do this work; the children affected by a fire or burn injuries never had that choice.