DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A firefighter was hospitalized after debris fell on top of him while crews were battling a fire in northwest Dallas early Friday morning, officials said.
According to Dallas Fire-Rescue, crews responded to a fire at a vacant one-story building in the 2600 block of Walnut Hill Lane at around 1:50 a.m. There was no one inside the building at the time but flames were roaring when firefighters arrived.READ MORE: Anna Police Investigating Crash That Killed 22-Year-Old Man
While the fire was being put out, officials said a firefighter was hit by falling debris.
A witness captured the moment when part of the building’s roof collapsed and fell onto the firefighter. He was able to crawl out from the debris on his own.
Dallas Fire-Rescue identified the injured firefighter as Captain Ronald J. Janek.READ MORE: Texas Joins Oklahoma's Effort To Overturn McGirt
He is expected to be okay, after suffering significant injuries to his back, foot as well as some minor burns to his neck; all of which are non-life-threatening.
“Though the Captain is in stable condition, he has a long road to recovery. He has received a number of visits from his friends and co-workers, and has several family members, to include his Wife, children, brothers and parents, close by his side as he begins his recovery,” DFR said in a news release.
Captain Janek has been with the department for 28 years and works out of Fire Station 19, as part of the department’s Urban Search and Rescue team.MORE NEWS: 2 Killed, 5 Injured After Drag Racer Slams Into Spectators An Texas Airport
“On behalf of his entire family, he wishes to thank everyone who has expressed their concerns, and sent well-wishes, after seeing the video of the collapse from the morning’s news coverage,” DFR said.