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Firefighters injured in overnight Lindale fire identified

Lindale Fire Department

POSTED: Friday, January 17, 2014 - 9:38am

UPDATED: Friday, January 17, 2014 - 2:30pm

Two firefighters have been injured, one of them critically, after battling an early morning house fire in Lindale.

According to the Lindale Fire Department, the firemen have been identified as Lindale's Joe Yeakley and Dixie's Caleb Snider.

 Yeakley remains in critical condition at Parkland Medical in Dallas after receiving burns to his face and hands after a partial roof collapse. Yeakley is a 14-year veteran with he Lindale Fire Department and nearly 30 years in fire service. Snider also received minor burns on his arms during the incident. He was treated for his injuries at a local hospital and has been released. Snider has just over a year of experience. He also graduated from the Tyler Junior College Fire Academy in 2012.

Authorities received a call regarding a fire in the 15,000 block of Childress Drive around 12:45 a.m., Friday.

According to the Smith County Fire Marshal's office, two firefighters were in the garage when the roof collapsed on them. One fireman managed to get out unharmed and Yeakley was trapped during the collapse. Two officials went in to rescue Yeakley and Snider suffered second-degree burns, according to the Lindale Fire Department.

The homeowner was able to make it out of the home safely.

KETK will update information as it is made available,

The Lindale Fire Department is asking for prayers for their injured brother.

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