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Thursday, June 2, 2011

SFFD: Structure Fire LODD - One Firefighter Dead, Two Seriously Injured

San Francisco firefighter died Thursday afternoon after being injured battling a fire in the city's Diamond Heights neighborhood.
Photo credit: ABC7 submitted by Mark via uReport)


SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Francisco firefighter died Thursday afternoon after being injured battling a fire in the city's Diamond Heights neighborhood. Two other firefighters were also injured in the blaze, one remains in critical condition.

The fire was reported at 10:44 a.m. at a four-story home on a slope in the 100 block of Berkeley Way, fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

The blaze started on the first floor of the home and spread to at least the second story, Talmadge said.

Talmadge said firefighters saw a flash while inside the home. Around that time, a heat alarm(PASS) on one of the firefighters' uniforms was activated, she said.

When commanders on the outside tried to reach the firefighter by radio, there was no response. Additional crew members were sent in, and they found two firefighters down and "pretty badly burned," Talmadge said.

The third injured firefighter was able to exit the home without help, she said.

All three were taken to San Francisco General Hospital. Around 1 p.m. the president of the San Francisco Firefighters Union told ABC7 that one of the firefighters had succumbed to his injuries.

As of about 12:15 p.m., crews remained at the scene of the fire putting out hot spots.
Source: ABC7 Link

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