USFA: Michigan On-Duty Death

Firefighter caught in a floor collapse

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter Benjamen “Ben” Lauren, 23, of the Forsyth Township Fire Department on March 13, 2020.

On Friday, March 13, 2020, at approximately 2130hrs, Firefighter Benjamen “Ben” Lauren and Forsyth Township Fire Department personnel arrived at the scene of a fire in a duplex. While working the interior of the structure, part of the floor collapsed and Lauren became trapped between the first and basement floors. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. An investigation into the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Lauren at

To date, 16 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.

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