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VIDEO: Firefighter falls through roof of burning building, in critical condition

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FRESNO, California- The doctor who treated the Fresno firefighter who fell through the roof of a burning building says the quick actions of other firefighters saved his life. Captain Pete Dern is a 25-year-veteran fire fighter. He was in the process of venting the roof when it gave way. Dern was taken to a nearby burn center with severe injuries and burns to 65-percent of his body. 

Dr. William Dominic is treating Dern and says, 'At this point, he remains stable, although in very serious, essentially critical condition.  The things that they did right, thing number one was getting him out of the burning structure as quickly as possible. It doesn't take very long, even with full protective clothing, which apparently Mr. Dern had, he sustained very severe burns. Without that protective clothing, I think it's highly unlikely that he would have survived long enough for anyone to get near him.' 

The chief of the Fresno Fire Department, Kerri Donis says, 'I couldn't be more proud of the members. I've seen footage that really displays what our members did and how they handled themselves at the scene, in the face of adversity. This was the worst case scenario. And they were calm and in control and they took care of business. They took care of Pete's needs just perfectly. I couldn't have been more pleased with that and they did everything right.'
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