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Firefighter Dies Battling Philadelphia Blaze

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials say a Philadelphia firefighter has died after part of a roof collapsed during a blaze he was battling.

Amy Daly, a nursing supervisor at Jefferson University Hospitals, confirmed the death to The Associated Press on Saturday evening. Officials tell the Philadelphia Inquirer that a second firefighter was injured while trying to rescue his colleague.

Officials say the fire burned a fabric store, upstairs apartments and a store next door in the city’s Fabric Row section in south Philadelphia.

The dead firefighter’s name was not immediately released, but other firefighters said he held the rank of captain in a ladder company.

The owners of the boutique that burned say everyone in the buildings when the fire broke out managed to get out safely.

The cause wasn’t immediately known.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.