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Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2014 2:18 am | Updated: 1:06 pm, Mon Jun 30, 2014.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Crew rescheduled their game against FC Dallas for Sunday afternoon as an off-duty firefighter remains hospitalized after going into cardiac arrest following a lightning strike.

Columbus Fire Department Battalion Chief Tracy Smith says that there was a lightning strike outside the Crew's stadium Saturday, but it's not known if the off-duty lieutenant was struck directly. He was listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit at the Ohio State Medical Center.

Smith says the firefighter had to be resuscitated. She says it takes two to three days to fully determine the effects of a possible lightning strike.

The game was rescheduled for 2 p.m. The National Weather Service forecast showers and thunderstorms, but said they are likely to occur mainly after 5 p.m.

Saturday's tickets will be honored.

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