Sad news out of West Virginia that a Iaeger (pronounced Yay-ger) Firefighter was killed in the Line of Duty. Initial details are that the Firefighter, operating at the McDowell County (SW of Beckley) house fire, was attempting a search/rescue when the (male) Firefighter was killed in the Line of Duty.
Iaeger Police Chief Chris Riffe confirmed that a Iaeger Volunteer Firefighter was killed in the house fire on West Virginia Ave on Sunday.
Riffe said the firefighter was trying to stop a person from going back in to the fully engulfed home, and soon began to feel sick. He died in the ambulance while on the way to a local hospital.
They do believe his death was related to smoke inhalation, but they are continuing to investigate with the West Virginia State Fire Marshall’s Office and will await an autopsy report.
Our condolences to all those affected. Much more to follow.