Firefighter seriously injured after being hit by fire ladder truck during D.C. blaze

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

DC Firefighter Dane Smothers, Jr., remains in the Intensive Care Unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center after being undergoing surgery following a critical injury he suffered Thursday night during a two-alarm fire.

Smothers was getting out of Engine 3 in the 800 block of F Street NE when he was struck by a ladder truck also responding to the scene. According to Assistant Chief Craig Baker, Smothers received critical injuries to the chest, neck and head.

Smothers is 28 years old and has been with the fire department for approximately three months. He is what the department calls a probationary firefighter. Smothers' uncle is also with the department, and was responding to the same fire at which the injury took place.

The assistant chief says there is no indication that department protocol wasn't followed in the response to this fire. The incident is currently under investigation.

Smothers family released the following statement Thursday afternoon:

“As you all are aware, Dane Smothers, Jr. was critically injured on the scene of a fire early this morning. He is currently in Washington Medstar Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. We ask that you please respect our privacy and keep him in your prayers.”

This story was updated on Friday, August 4, at 10 a.m.

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