Philadelphia firefighter dies after he's trapped inside home for 30 minutes

Elias Hubbard
January 7, 2018

Authorities say a person inside the home also died in the blaze.

An 11-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department died in the line of duty after the interior of a home collapsed this morning, pinning him under debris, officials said. He was freed after 30 minutes and taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Flames broke out around 9 a.m. on Saturday and quickly grew to a two-alarm fire.

"I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Lt. Matthew LeTournea", Mayor Kenney said in a statement. "We are without words". Lt. LeTourneau was an 11-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department, where he was promoted to lieutenant in 2015.

Firefighters were called to the 2200 block of North Colorado Street at 8:51 a.m. and found heavy fire on the first floor of the home, Fire Commissioner Adam K. Thiel said during a press conference. Another person from a neighboring home was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Fire officials said one civilian was killed in the blaze while another was critically injured. Their injuries were not considered serious.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Funeral arrangements for Lt. LeTourneau have not yet been announced.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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