Dallas FF badly burned in explosion released from hospital
Pauline Perez was released from the burn unit after nearly 3 weeks; two other firefighters remain in stable but serious condition
By Leila Merrill
DALLAS — Pauline Perez – one of three firefighters hospitalized after an explosion at an apartment building in Dallas – got to go home Friday, Dallas Fire-Rescue announced.
After more than two weeks in Parkland Memorial Hospital’s burn unit, Perez will continue her recovery at home, NBCDFW (KXAS-TV) reported.
@DallasFireRes_q is excited to announce that, after being severely injured in the #HighlandHills Apartment #explosion, Officer #PaulinePerez is going home! Thanks to all who helped get her to this point..... but the journey is not over. Continued🙏 @Parkland @CityOfDallas pic.twitter.com/BDLm1akihQ— DALLAS FIRE-RESCUE (@DallasFireRes_q) October 15, 2021
Four firefighters were injured on Sept. 29 in an explosion that partly collapsed a two-story apartment building. In addition to Perez, Capt. Christopher Gadomski, Engineer Ronald Hall and Officer Andrew Curtis also were hurt. Perez and two other firefighters were hospitalized and have been treated for burns and other critical injuries. Gadomski and Hall were in stable but serious condition Friday. Curtis had a foot injury and was discharged on the day of the blast.
Four civilians also were injured, the Dallas Morning News reported.
A huge #thankyou to everyone at @Parkland @ParklandTrauma #ParklandBurnCenter and #BIOTEL for the expert care given to our members injured in the Highland Hills #explosion. Our gratitude for the continued compassion shown to them and their families has no measure! @CityOfDallas pic.twitter.com/Y89tnD0BQt— DALLAS FIRE-RESCUE (@DallasFireRes_q) October 15, 2021
The cause of the explosion has not been determined.