Man killed in Smith Co. house fire; firefighter hit by power line taken to hospital

Fire marshal calls fatal fire ‘absolutely devastating’ situation
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 8:35 PM CDT|Updated: May. 18, 2022 at 11:19 PM CDT
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SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - A house fire broke out around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, taking the life of one person.

Noonday, Red Springs, Dixie and Chapel Hill fire responded to the scene, and arrived to find a very heavy fire, Smith County Fire Marshal Jay Brooks said.

A man with special needs who lived in the home has died at the scene, Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Andy Dunklin confirmed. Brooks later said that the man, who was 33 years old, was pulled out of the house, but was unable to be resuscitated.

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A firefighter was shocked by a power line falling off the house, and was taken to a hospital. Brooks said that he is in good shape, but is being checked out as a precaution. The firefighter was an ESD 2 career firefighter, either with Noonday or Flint fire department, Brooks said.

Brooks said that the children and everyone else from inside the house are safe.

The cause of the fire will be investigated after it is extinguished and the home is cool enough to safely enter the scene.

Brooks said that they are in “deep prayer” for the family, as they are heavily grieving the loss of the man who died. He said the young man was known as “caring and as loving as can be,” and that the loss is catastrophic for the close family.

Noonday, Red Springs and Dixie fire are at the scene.
Noonday, Red Springs and Dixie fire are at the scene.(KLTV/Erin Wides)

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