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Firefighter Crashes Van Into Indiana Home, Suffers Burns

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CHICAGO (STMW) – A battalion chief with the Hobart Fire Department was taken to a Crown Point hospital Tuesday morning with severe burns after crashing a minivan into a house near Hebron.

John C. Wall was taken by ambulance to Franciscan St. Anthony Health with critical injuries to his hands and face, said Sgt. Larry LaFlower, public information officer with the Porter County Sheriff’s Department.

Wall already had been charged with multiple felonies last month after attacking his wife and threatening her with a gun.

The sheriff’s department and several area fire departments responded to the scene of the fire, at a home in the 600 block of County Road 650 South outside of Hebron, Ind.

The van was destroyed by the blaze and the house also was damaged.

According to the Porter County Sheriff’s Department police report from last month’s incident, the 41-year-old victim said she recently told Wall she wants a separation, although they still lived together at the time of the alleged attack.

After that incident, Wall was charged with intimidation, a Class C felony; criminal recklessness and pointing a firearm, both Class D felonies; and misdemeanor domestic battery.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2013. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)