Trapped Firefighter Dies in 6-Alarm Dallas Condo Complex Blaze

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 01:26 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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A veteran firefighter died after being trapped inside a six-alarm fire at a condominium complex in Texas early Monday morning.

Stanley Wilson, a 28-year veteran of the department, was among the 100 firefighters who responded to a call around 3 a.m. Monday at the Hearthwood North Condominiums, a three-story building of units in Dallas, Texas.

It's not clear what started the fire, but the blaze consumed the third floor and quickly spread. In the middle of battling the flames, Wilson reportedly radioed to report that he was trapped inside the burning building. Rescuers were sent to try and find him, only to recover his body hours later.

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"Our heart is broken for his family," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said in a statement. "Fireman Wilson’s professionalism was exemplary. His sacrifice was complete. He was a hero, as I told his boys, they should be very proud."

Wilson worked as a second driver and engineer out of station 53 in East Dallas. He also served as a Boy Scout leader for his son's troop.

"We're really going to miss Stan,"
Matt Bosch, who also served as a troop leader, told CBS Dallas. "He's been a rock. He's been one of the school leaders in our Boy Scout troop. Not only did the boys look up to him as a guide and leader, but to some of the dads."

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At least five condominium residents were rescued from the fire, including an 8-year-old boy. Two firefighters were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Two other residents were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. All of those people are expected to be okay, according to CBS Dallas.

The last Dallas Fire-Rescue member to be killed on the job was Lt. Todd Krodle, who fell through the roof of an apartment building while battling flames in August 2011.

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