- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Doctors say a Central California firefighter badly burned when he fell through the roof of an enflamed home faces a long recovery.

Dr. William Dominic told the Fresno Bee on Monday (https://bit.ly/1xQWpbY ) that firefighter Pete Dern will have to undergo many surgeries to remove dead tissue and apply skin grafts. Dominic says the risk of infection makes the burns life-threatening.

The 25-year veteran of the Fresno Fire Department was burned Sunday when he fell through the roof of a garage and lay inside up to three minutes until fellow firefighters pulled him to safety. He suffered second- and third-degree burns over 65 percent of his body, and a ventilator is helping him breath.

Dominic says that 49-year-old wouldn’t have survived long enough to be rescued without the firefighter’s protective clothing.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, https://www.fresnobee.com

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