Police chief says firefighter was trying to keep a person from going inside
IAEGER, West Virginia – The police chief in Iaeger has confirmed the death of a volunteer firefighter during a house fire in Iaeger on Sunday.
CBS FOX59 reports that Iaeger Police Chief Chris Riffe says a firefighter died during a house fire on West Virginia Avenue.
Other news outlets had reported earlier that the firefighter died inside the house trying to save a person.
Chief Riffe told FOX59 that the firefighter was trying to stop a person from going inside the burning house when he fell ill.
Riffe said that the firefighter died while being transported to a local hospital.
The cause of the death is believed to be related to smoke inhalation, but no specific details have been reported.
The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office will be investigating.
Firefighters from Bradshaw, Hanover, Coal Mountain, Welch, War, and Kimball fire departments responded to the fire.