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Severely Burned SW Missouri Firefighter Dies

Posted: Jul 20, 2013 5:09 PM by The Associated Press
Updated: Jul 20, 2013 5:12 PM

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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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