MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --Â A Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Department firefighter who was injured Tuesday while battling a large barn fire off Williamsport Pike was being treated for life-threatening injuries at Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center, the fire department announced Wednesday.
Kenneth Ayers, 45, was in critical condition Wednesday afternoon, a hospital spokesperson said.
Ayers and another department firefighter were injured when a gust of wind got beneath tin on the barn roof and pushed a timber in one of the side walls out and down on them as they were attacking the blaze, fire officials have said.
Ayers received the brunt of the falling piece of wood, and almost all of the bones in his face were fractured, Baker Heights safety officer Greg Noll said.
Ayers and the second firefighter were taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg. Ayers was taken from there to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., where a trauma doctor determined he should be taken to Washington Hospital Center, according to fire officials.