LODD: Washington D.C. Firefighter Dies in Line of Duty After High-Rise Fire

We are sad to report that a Washington D.C. Lieutenant has died this morning following a high-rise fire.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and brothers and sisters in D.C.  Here is more on the story.

NBC 4 – “A D.C. firefighter has died in the line of duty.

Lt. Kevin McRae, a 25-year veteran of the department, died after collapsing at a fire at a downtown high-rise Wednesday morning, a spokesperson for D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser confirmed.

Bowser is at the hospital, as firefighters hold hands in prayer outside.

McRae’s family has been notified.

Fire crews were called around 8 a.m. Wednesday to the two-alarm apartment building fire at 1330 7th Street NW, just north of the Washington Convention Center.

Sources said that McRae and other firefighters on his team had just reached the first floor after walking down the stairs when they began to have trouble breathing.

McRae and another firefighter collapsed. The other firefighter was taken to a hospital and regained consciousness, but McRae passed away.

Firefighters had arrived to find heavy fire on the top level of the building, and extended a ladder to the top of the building. At one point, flames and heavy smoke could be seen shooting from several windows near the top floor.”…Continue Reading Here

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