Texas firefighter stabbed while trying to douse blaze

Brian Smolik thought he had been punched in the stomach; he suffered a 2-inch stab to his lower abdomen


Victoria Advocate

YORKTOWN, Texas — A firefighter was stabbed Tuesday night while attempting to put out a fire in front of a Yorktown home.

The fire department responded to a report of a truck on fire about 8:50 p.m. Tuesday, said Yorktown Police Chief Paul Campos. But when firefighters arrived, they discovered a man burning brush, a couch and a city-issued trash bin in front of his home in the 400 block of West Sixth Street. As firefighters prepared to douse the flames, the man — Kirk Engle, 35 — began yelling for them to stop, Campos said. Officials told Engle he was not allowed to burn within the city limits.

As the firefighters spoke, Engle lunged at one of the men, Campos said. The firefighter, Brian Smolik, thought he had been punched in the stomach. But two other firefighters saw a knife in Engle's hand as he pulled away from Smolik. Smolik, who has been with the department for two or three years, suffered a 2-inch stab to his lower abdomen.

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