Matthew D. Blankenship

Lieutenant Blankenship passed away from injuries one week after sustaining burns over 75 percent of his body resulting from a flashover of a fire in the basement of a two-story residential structure. Blankenship had been in a medically induced coma at the hospital since he suffered the injuries. Two other firefighters injured in the same incident were treated at the hospital and released. The fatal incident remains under investigation by local authorities and the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Incident Location: 577 Hospitality Road, Niangua, MO (USNG: 15S WB 2087 3373)

Department Information

Marshfield Fire Protection District
PO Box 126, 798 S Marshall ST
USNG: 15S WB 0824 3150
Marshfield, Missouri 65706

Chief: Michael Taylor

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 38 
Rank: Lieutenant 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident Date: Jul 13, 2013 17:24
Date of Death: Jul 20, 2013 
Cause of Death: Caught or Trapped 
Nature of Death: Burns 
Activity Type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland) 
Emergency Duty: Yes
Duty Type: On-Scene Fire 
Fixed Property Use: Residential 
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