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Cactus firefighter has 3rd degree burns to 60% of his body

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Dumas Fire Chief Paul Jenkins Dumas Fire Chief Paul Jenkins

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Cactus, Texas - The fireman critically injured in Moore County over the weekend is expected to survive.

49-year-old Elias Jaquez is still listed in critical condition in the Lubbock Burn Unit... He's undergone several surgeries and is currently on life support, but doctors told his wife they're optimistic about his recovery.

The news is not all positive though... His wife tells us his hands are so badly burned, all that's left are his bones, so they will have to be amputated. It's an injury like Moore county firefighters have never seen.

Dumas Fire Chief Paul Jenkins says, "Most of the time injuries on grass fires are sprains and things like that from getting up and down in the truck, smoke inhalation. Way over the majority of them nobody is ever taken the hospital or anything to that extent."

Jaquez's family say jumped out and started running away from the fire as fast as he could when this truck he was in became stuck in the dirt.

He tripped on an electrical wire, was zapped and fell down... The fire rolled right over him.

He was wearing fire-protective pants, but not a protective shirt.