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Fire officials: D.C. firefighter still in critical condition; will undergo more surgeries

Dane Smothers, Jr. (Photo courtesy of DC Fire and EMS)

A firefighter seriously injured after he was hit by a fire department ladder truck remains in critical condition Thursday and will have additional surgeries, according to fire officials.

Dane Smothers, Jr. has undergone three surgeries and is expected to have another Thursday afternoon.

Smothers, 28, has been with the fire department for approximately three months. He is what the department calls a probationary firefighter.

On Aug. 3, Smothers was responding to a fire in the 800 block of F Street, NE when he was struck by a ladder truck also responding to the blaze. Smothers' uncle is also with the department and was at the scene.

According to Assistant Chief Craig Baker, Smothers received critical injuries to the chest, neck and head.

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