DC Firefighter Critically Injured After Being Struck by Ladder Truck

WASHINGTON — A D.C. firefighter is in critical condition Thursday after being struck by a ladder truck while responding to a fire in Northeast.

City Administrator Rashad Young said D.C. Fire and EMS were responding to a house fire in the 800 block of F Street Northeast around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when the incident occurred.

Probationary firefighter Dane Smothers Jr. was preparing to battle the blaze when he was accidentally hit, Young said.

He sustained “very serious injuries,” according to Young, and remains in critical condition. He’s being treated at Medstar Washington Hospital.

“We join his family and fellow firefighters in awaiting more information about his prognosis,” Young said.

Assistant Chief Craig Baker said Smothers was getting hose lines and other equipment ready when he was struck.

As of Thursday morning, Smothers was out of surgery but had suffered “multiple injuries above the waist,” Baker said.

Smothers’ uncle, who is also a D.C. firefighter, was on the scene responding to the fire as well.

While the incident is under investigation, officials don’t believe any protocols were broken.

D.C. Fire and EMS had a “busy night,” Young added.

They fought a number of fires throughout the District Wednesday night into Thursday.

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