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ETX firefighter injured in wall collapse has broken pelvis, vertebrae

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Texarkana, TX firefighter Dakota Huddleston (Source: City of Texarkana, TX) Texarkana, TX firefighter Dakota Huddleston (Source: City of Texarkana, TX)
Huddleston was injured Monday morning, when a cinder block wall collapsed on him as he helped battle a blaze at workshop at home in Doddridge, AR. Huddleston was injured Monday morning, when a cinder block wall collapsed on him as he helped battle a blaze at workshop at home in Doddridge, AR.
TEXARKANA, TX (KSLA) -

An East Texas firefighter is recovering at a Shreveport hospital after he was seriously injured while battling a fire Monday morning.

Dakota Huddleston, a driver/engineer with the Texarkana, TX Fire Department is listed in fair condition in the ICU at University Health in Shreveport, after a cinder block wall collapsed on him as he helped battle a blaze at workshop at home in Doddridge, AR.

His father, Dennis Huddleston, said Dakota has a broken leg and pelvis, several broken vertebrae and a punctured bladder. 

Dennis was the former Bloomburg fire chief and was on the scene when his son was injured. Dakota had to be dug out from under the rubble.

George Goyens with the Doddridge Fire Department says Huddleston had kicked in the door of the structure to try to gain entry to fight the fire, but found he couldn't go any further. That's when Goyens says Huddleston turned to try to leave the structure and the wall collapsed on him. 

The Texarkana, TX Fire Department has two firemen with the Huddleston family for support at all times in Shreveport. They are also renting rooms for the family at a nearby hotel.

Huddleston is also a volunteer fire chief in Bloomburg, Texas.

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