Philly firefighter critically injured, two others hurt in rowhouse fire collapse

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Three Philadelphia firefighters were reportedly injured while battling a rowhome fire in North Philadelphia on Saturday.

Flames broke out around 9 a.m. Saturday in the 2200 block of North Colorado Street and quickly grew to two alarms.

Authorities say a person inside the home also died in the blaze. He said it took about 30 minutes for firefighters to free LeTourneau from the debris caused by the interior structure collapse.

LeTourneau (left on the far left, and right) was an 11-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department and he was promoted to lieutenant in 2015. "The rescue efforts started immediately", Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said, according to reports.

Another civilian and two firefighters were also transported to Temple University Hospital.

Crews were able to bring the fire under control in a little more than an hour. He was pronounced dead at 11:07 a.m.

"Our hearts are breaking", Thiel said. But shortly before noon, the TV news station in an updated article changed its story and reported that three firefighters were injured. He lived in Springfield and is survived by his mother, other relatives and friends. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Funeral arrangements for Lt. LeTourneau have not yet been announced.

The fire remains under investigation.

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