Firefighter still in critical condition

Published on Saturday, 18 January 2014 23:25 - Written by From Staff Reports

Lindale firefighter Joe Yeakley remained in critical but stable condition Saturday at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, suffering from injuries sustained when a roof collapsed during a house fire he was helping fight, said Aaron Munn, spokesman for the Lindale Fire Department.

Yeakley, 52, a 14-year Lindale Fire Department veteran, was rescued from a burning home in Lindale on Friday after an early morning fire destroyed the house, and the roof over the garage collapsed, fire officials said.

Yeakley suffered severe burns to his face and hands and was flown by helicopter to Parkland Hospital.

First-year Dixie firefighter Caleb Snider suffered burns to both arms but was treated and released from a Tyler hospital.

The homeowner was watching television in the den when he noticed smoke, ran outside to get a water hose, and the door locked behind him, Smith County Assistant Fire Marshall Oren Hale said. The fire broke out about 1 a.m., and the roof had already partially collapsed when firefighters arrived.

They entered the structure and the garage roof collapsed, Hale said.

Firefighters from the Dixie, Noonday and Lindale departments responded to the blaze.