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NEW INFO: Firefighter Recovering After Being Injured in Deadly Fire

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 4/30/12 @ 11:15 a.m.
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A firefighter is recovering after being injured in a fire that killed one person over the weekend.

The fire was reported just after midnight Saturday at 1120 Shore Street in Paintsville, Ky.

Paintsvile Fire Chief Bob Dixon tells WSAZ.com there were two living units in the home and the fire started downstairs.

46-year-old John Meade was in the upstairs apartment and died in the fire.

Firefighter Tim Goble was injured while trying to save Meade.

Goble tells WSAZ.com that he and a couple of other firefighters were conducting a search.

He says they were in a 4x4 room and when he turned around, his regulator got knocked off. Goble says when he reached down to get it, his helmet and mask fell off.

Goble tells WSAZ.com that he searched for the helmet and mask for 30 seconds before he knew he needed to get out. He says it took him 2-3 minutes to get out of the home, but doesn't really remember anything until waking up in an ambulance.

Goble says the incident was scary, but all firefighters know the dangers when they sign onto the department.

He was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released. He still is having trouble with his lungs and his throat is still swollen. Goble tells WSAZ.com that he is also having vision issues. He says his left eye is about 40 percent and his right eye is 60 percent. He is expected to fully recover.

The fire is still under investigation.

No one else was in the home at the time of the fire.



UPDATE 4/29/12 @ 11 p.m.
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- No word on what caused a fire that killed a man and injured a firefighter.

Kentucky State Police say firefighters found 46-year-old John Meade in the home on Short Street in Paintsville early Sunday morning.

Meade was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Tim Goble, a Paintsville firefighter, received treatment at Cabell Huntington Hospital for smoke inhalation and has been released.



ORIGINAL STORY 4/29/12 @ 12:05 p.m.
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A man is dead and a firefighter in intensive care following a house fie in Paintsville early Sunday morning.

The fire at 1120 Short Street was reported just after midnight.

Kentucky State Police say 46-year-old John Meade died in the fire.

A Paintsville firefighter suffered injuries related to the fire and was taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington where he is currently being treated in the ICU unit. Troopers have not released his name or condition.

No word at this time on how the fire started.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updated information.


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