USFA: California On-Duty Death

Porterville firefighters killed in library blaze

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter Patrick Jones, 25, of the Porterville Fire Department on February 18, 2020.

On Tuesday afternoon, February 18, 2020, at approximately 1614hrs., firefighters from the Porterville Fire Department, as well as the counties of King, Fresno, and Tulare, responded to a fire at the Porterville Public Library. Captain Ramon “Ray” Figueroa and Firefighter Patrick Jones perished in the blaze. Two teen boys have been arrested on suspicion of starting the fire. Investigation into the incident continues.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Jones at

To date, 12 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2020. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Porterville Line of Duty Deaths

USFA: California On-Duty Death