Veteran Firefighter Killed in Apartment Blaze

Lt. Todd Krodle passed away Sunday

By Greg Janda and Susy Solis
|  Friday, Aug 19, 2011  |  Updated 4:45 PM CDT
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A veteran Dallas firefighter was killed after falling through the roof of a burning apartment building.

Susy Solis, NBCDFW

A veteran Dallas firefighter was killed after falling through the roof of a burning apartment building.

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A veteran Dallas firefighter was killed after falling through the roof of a burning apartment building.

Firefighters responded to a fire at an apartment complex at 5606 Plum Grove Lane in Dallas on Sunday.

Several firefighters were on the roof of the two story apartments looking to make a hole in the roof to provide ventilation when a Lt. Todd Krodle, a 17 year veteran of the department fell through the roof. Dozens of residents witnessed the fall.

As the fire grew to three-alarms, fire crews had to rescue one of their own. Krodle had severe burns and was unconscious and was taken to Parkland for treatment where he later died from his injuries.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings released this statement about Lt. Krodle's death:

"On behalf of the Dallas City Council and the entire City of Dallas workforce, we express our deepest sympathy to the family, friends and fellow firefighters of this courageous and dedicated firefighter.  We must never lose sight that fire service is an extremely dangerous business and this brave man died doing the dangerous job he loved; protecting our citizens and our properties and making our neighborhoods safer for all of us."

An electrical short has been determined to be the source of the fire.

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