Ky. Firefighter Recovering After Narrowly Escaping Blaze

A Paintsville firefighter is recovering following a fatal fire that sent him to the hospital Sunday morning.

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Firefighter Tim Goble was battling the blaze on Short Street when his helmet and mask were knock off when he reached down to pick up his regulator that fell, according to WSAZ-TV.

He began searching for his gear but soon knew he needed to get out. It took him about two to three minutes to find his way out, but he told the news station that he doesn't remember much until waking up in an ambulance.

Goble was taken to the hospital and was treated and released. He is still having issues with his lungs and throat and is having problems with his eyesight, but is expected to fully recover.

"It was just my turn for it to happen to," the 24-year-old told WYMT-TV. "My head was being torn between finding this guy but also trying to get out before I become another casualty before I become part of the problem rather a part of the solution."

John Meade, 46, was in the upstairs apartment of the structure and died in the blaze.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.