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:
— IAFF LOCAL1311 (@iafflocal1311) November 12, 2014
— Billy Goldfeder (@BillyGoldfeder) November 12, 2014
— IAFF Local 734 (@BCFDL734) November 12, 2014
— BACO Public Safety (@BACOPoliceFire) November 12, 2014
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