Firefighter dies in ‘serious accident’ battling Thomas fire in Ventura County

Daily News | 12/15/2017 | Wes Woods
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A firefighter has died while battling the Thomas fire in Ventura County, officials said Thursday, Dec. 14.

A name has not been released for the firefighter, who sounded a “mayday” alert while working Thursday morning, authorities said.

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“I am very saddened to report that a firefighter fatality has occurred on the Thomas incident,” Cal Fire chief Ken Pimlott in a statement. “The incident is still unfolding, but in this world of fast moving information, it is important to me that only factual information be shared. To that end, I can confirm a fatality of a Calfire engineer from the San Diego unit has occurred. IMT 4, CAL FIRE Local 2881 and Southern Region leadership are working to support the Unit and his family, who have been notified.”

Pimlott said more details will be made available as they are confirmed.

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“In the meantime, please join me in keeping our fallen firefighter and his loved ones in your prayers, all the responders on the front lines in your thoughts as they continue to work under extremely challenging conditions,” he said.

Earlier in the day, officials confirmed a...
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