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Rankins and Torres were pulled out of the home unconscious. Torres, who was 30, succumbed to his injuries while Rankins was transported to the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital and put into a medically induced coma as doctors extracted carbon monoxide from his lungs.
When asked if the fire may have had a different outcome had there been a chief of operations on the scene Cannon stated, “We were warned to not go there. I’m going there. Yes.”
Rankins, a popular figure in the community was critically injured in a May 12 fire on Valley Street that killed his friend, fellow firefighter Ricardo Torres Jr.
Firefighters, police officers, and citizens pay tribute to New Haven firefighter Ricardo Torres, Jr.
Instead of flowers, loved ones ask that memorial contributions be made in honor of Torres Jr. to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation at firehero.org.
Fire investigators are examining whether hoarding was a factor in the New Haven house fire that killed one firefighter and seriously injured another.
A New Haven firefighter who was doing the job he had dreamed of as a boy is being remembered as a hero after he died battling a house fire early Wednesday that left a fellow firefighter critically injured.
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