Marshfield, Missouri Fire Department Lieutenant Matthew Blankenship died as a result of burns he sustained at a house fire on July 13th in Niangua. Blankenship had been in critical condition at Mercy Burn Unit.
The Marshfield Fire Department says he and another firefighter were briefly trapped in the home when conditions quickly deteriorated.
Other firefighters rescued Blankenship, and he was immediately taken to the hospital. The other firefighter trapped with him escaped with minor injuries.
A website has been created to raise money for the Blankenship family, Firefighter Down on FundRazr.