Detroit FF who suffered burns to 60% of his body battling arson fire returns to duty

Detroit Firefighter Mark Taylor spent three weeks in the burn unit after being caught in a roof collapse at an abandoned house last year

By Laura French

DETROIT — A Detroit firefighter who suffered burns to 60% of his body battling an arson fire last year has returned to duty. 

Detroit Firefighter Mark Taylor was caught in a roof collapse while conducting a search inside an abandoned house last October, leaving him unable to move as he was burned by the flames, according to Click On Detroit.

Fellow firefighters rescued Taylor, who spent three weeks receiving treatment in the burn unit. Now, after several months of recovery, Taylor is back on the job and training to get back into shape for full-time duty. 

Taylor says he looks forward to being able to march in the Thanksgiving Day Parade in November.

Henry Vanreyendam, 73, was charged with five counts of first-degree arson and additional charges in connection with the fire, which also injured four other Detroit firefighters. 


Mark Moment!! Thank you all for your prayers and concern. I'm happy to report after spending a year recovering from...

Posted by Detroit on Fire on Thursday, October 8, 2020


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