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Firefighter Dies Battling Philadelphia Blaze

Philadelphia firefighters are mourning the loss of one of their own in the line of duty for the third time in less than a year.

3-alarm fire at a fabric building in Philadelphia's Queen Village that killed a firefighter
3-alarm fire at a fabric building in Philadelphia’s Queen Village that killed a firefighter (WPVI TV)

Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said at a news conference that a veteran captain was killed when the roof of a three-story building collapsed underneath him as it burned Saturday evening.

A colleague who tried to save him was burned on his hands but is expected to survive.

Ayers says 53-year-old Capt. Michael Goodwin was killed. Twenty-eight-year-old colleague Andrew Godlinski is recovering.

Dozens of firefighters saluted as Goodwin’s body was carried from the building in the city’s Fabric Row section.

Two city firefighters died a year ago this month when a building collapsed during an inspection.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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