Local firefighter burned while battling flames in Dallas

Posted at 11:31 AM, Feb 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 06:59:53-05

DALLAS, TX — Dallas Fire-Rescue said one of their firefighters was injured on Feb. 14 battling flames.

Dallas Fire-Rescue says they responded to a structure fire at a vacant building, located at 2661 Walnut Hill Lane, in Northwest City of Dallas - City Hall.

They said one of their firefighters had a large section of a wall collapse on top of him during the course of firefighting operations.

The firefighter, Captain, Ronald J. Janek, was able to free himself from the burning debris, and was rushed to Parkland Hospital.

Janek is also a volunteer firefighter at West VFD.

DFR says he's expected to be okay. He was discharged from the hospital on Sunday.

Janek suffered significant injuries to his back, foot as well as some minor burns to his neck; all of which are non-life-threatening.

"Though the Captain is in stable condition, he has a long road to recovery," said DFR.

Captain Janek has been with the department for 28 years and works out of Fire Station 19, as part of the department’s Urban Search and Rescue team. On behalf of his entire family, he wishes to thank everyone who has expressed their concerns, and sent well-wishes, after seeing the video of the collapse from the morning’s news coverage. At this time, he and his family prefer not to speak publicly about the matter, and has expressed their wishes for privacy while he recovers from his injuries.