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)
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.