Severely Burned SW Missouri Firefighter Dies

2 years 11 months 1 week ago July 20, 2013 Jul 20, 2013 Saturday, July 20 2013 Saturday, July 20, 2013 4:09:00 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

MARSHFIELD - A volunteer southwest Missouri firefighter has died from injuries suffered when he became trapped in a burning home.

The Marshfield fire department says Lt. Matthew Blankenship died early Saturday in the burn center of a Springfield hospital. The Springfield News-Leader reported that he was 38.

Blankenship was severely burned July 13 while fighting a house fire in Niagua. Another Marshfield firefighter also became trapped in the home but managed to escape with minor injuries. And the Niagua fire chief was treated for injuries.

Blankenship was a mechanic at Peterbilt in Springfield. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Funeral information wasn't immediately available.

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