Ex-BU professor rescued from burning home flown to Dallas hospital
Retired Baylor University business professor Dale Allen, whom a Woodway police officer rescued early Wednesday from a burning house, was flown to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.
Allen, 83, suffered smoke inhalation and second-degree burns over 13 percent of his body, his daughter, Krista Howell, said.
Allen was first taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center and then was flown to Parkland.
Allen, whose wife died in March 2017, lived alone in the house.
Four of his five children attended Baylor and he has 18 grandchildren, 12 of whom attended or are attending Baylor.
The officer who rescued him from a hallway in the burning home, Terry Mason, suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to Providence Health Center in Waco.
He was treated and was later released.
A second first responder was injured while using a ladder.
He was treated at the scene.
An Oncor crew reported the house fire in the 8900 block of Raven Drive at around 3 a.m. Wednesday.
Flames engulfed the home, leaving only the outer walls standing.
The cause is under investigation.
Baylor issued a statement expressing support for Allen and his family.
"Our Baylor family is gathered together in prayer for beloved Baylor professor Dr. Dale Allen and his family. It is our deepest prayer that, in the hours and days ahead, our Lord will provide enduring strength, comfort and support for Dr. Allen, his children and grandchildren and the medical staff caring for him," the school said.