Stanley Wilson, 51, who had been a Dallas firefighter for 28 years, died after being trapped while battling a six-alarm blaze at a condominium complex.
The body of a Dallas firefighter who radioed for help after becoming trapped in a burning condominium has been recovered.
The firefighter, Stanley Wilson, was among the 100 Dallas firefighters who responded to a six-alarm fire at the Hearthwood Condominiums at 12363 Abrams Road Monday morning.
According to Dallas Fire-Rescue Chief Louie Bright III, Wilson was a 28-year-veteran of the fire department. Wilson was a native North Texan and a Lake Highlands graduate.
When firefighters arrived shortly before 3 a.m., smoke was seen billowing through the roof of the complex. Dallas Fire-Rescues Jason Evans said firefighters initially started to attack the fire offensively, but moved to a defensive posture due to how fast the fire was growing.
At about 5 a.m., Wilson radioed that he was trapped inside the building and that he wasnt sure where he was. Evans said crews had not been able to reach Wilson by radio since that message.
The DFR ambulance then left the scene with a police escort, but without lights or sirens.
Even though the large fire made searching for the trapped firefighter, or any other residents, difficult, five residents were rescued from the fire. Some older residents were seen climbing down the ladder of a DFR fire engine to safety.
Two injured residents were treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation. There are no reports of any other injured or missing residents. At this time, the only known fatality is the firefighter, Stanley Wilson.
Officials said at least 24 units were destroyed and that the roof of the building collapsed in some areas, leaving third-floor apartments exposed. Other damaged portions of the building may have collapsed as well.
Church leaders from Park Cities Baptist Church spent Monday night with Wilsons family.
Church leaders will meet tomorrow with members of Wilsons family to prepare for his funeral, which will include both Dallas firefighters and members of Troop 890.
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