Sunday, August 14, 2011
Dallas firefighter died in apartment fire; no residents injured
Lieutenant Todd W. Krodle had been on the force for nearly 18 years.
An apartment fire at 5606 Plum Grove Lane ended in the tragic death of Lieutenant Todd W. Krodle, 41, who has been a member of the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department since 1993.
According to Dallas Fire-Rescue, firefighters found smoke coming out of the roof of Ridge Crest Terrace Apartment Complex, a two-story building. Krodle fell through the roof while fighting the fire. He was given CPR, transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital, and was pronounced dead shortly after.
"On behalf of the Dallas City Council and the entire City of Dallas workforce, we express our deepest sympathy to the family, friends and fellow firefighters of this courageous and dedicated firefighter,” said Mayor Mike Rawlings in a statement. “We must never lose sight that fire service is an extremely dangerous business and this brave man died doing the dangerous job he loved; protecting our citizens and our properties and making our neighborhoods safer for all of us."
No residents were injured in the fire.
The incident was caused by a malfunctioning surge protector. Fifty-four firefighters were on the scene on Sunday afternoon.
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