MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The Theodore/Dawes Volunteer Fire Department has released new video that shows a fire on Dauphin Island Parkway that happened on April 2. The camera was mounted on a firefighter’s gear, and it gives a first person perspective of how they fought the fire.
Lester Summerlin was serioulsy injured in that fire. He was air lifted to University Hosital. He is still being treated for burns that his family describes as “very deep.” He has burns to his hands, upper back, neck, whole left leg, and part of his right leg. He’s had some surgery but will need several more. Summerlin’s family has started a GoFundMe to help with medical costs.
They tell News 5 the home that burned down was their family homestead, their father built it in the 1950s, and Summerlin lived there alone. They say he lost everything in the fire.
At the end of the video the Theodore/Dawes Volunteer Fire Department posted on Facebook, they note that they are having a meeting on April 16. They write that they are staffed at around 30, but could use more help from anyone interested in serving as a volunteer firefighter.