SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – A former firefighter is recovering after falling victim to a fire himself. Ted Bolleter, retired as an Assistant Chief of the Santa Fe Fire Department in 2010. A fire to his home on Friday night left him with burns to his hands, feet and face.

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The fire chief says it took about 20 minutes for the fire to destroy everything in the house.

“I think it’s going to be a long time before this family feels normal, it took a lot out of them,” Brian Moya Chief of Santa Fe Fire Department said.

Family members said the fire started when wind blew an ember from a fire pit onto their patio furniture. Bolleter is being treated at UNM Hospital.