Veteran Firefighter Found Dead at Scene of Fire

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James Bethea
James Bethea

A 40-year veteran of the Baltimore City Fire Department was founded dead at the scene of an early morning blaze on Wednesday.

According to the AP, Lt. James Bethea was found in a vacant building that was next to a structure that caught fire in the 700 block of E. North Ave. As part of his duties, Bethea inspected the building that caught fire to make sure it was safe. He then went to inspect the adjacent building, where he died. Fire Chief  Niles Ford told the AP that Bethea was alone on the scene.

Upon hearing the news that one of their own was killed in the line of duty, firefighters from around the state and country offered their condolences to the Baltimore City Fire Department:

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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  1. This man is/was my neighbor. A beautiful man. Beautiful spirit. He was a lovely example of grace, professionalism and humanism. He came to my cub scout group to give a safety lecture & was understanding and patient. He was a good, good man.

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