Firefighter Dies in South Carolina Apartment Blaze

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By CNN Newsource
May 29, 2023US News
Firefighter Dies in South Carolina Apartment Blaze
Firefighters try to put out an apartment fire in Columbia, S.C., on May 26, 2023. (Courtesy of Columbia-Richland Fire Department)

One firefighter died and six others were injured fighting a blaze in Columbia, South Carolina, on Friday, authorities say.

Crews from the Irmo and Columbia-Richland fire departments responded to a fire at an apartment complex around 4:15 p.m., according to a Facebook post from the Columbia-Richland Fire Department.

Crews were inside a building when it collapsed. The firefighter who died, James Michael Muller, 25, was a seven-year veteran of the Irmo Fire District, said a statement from the fire district.

“He was a highly respected firefighter that had a love and passion for the job. Firefighter Muller will be greatly missed amongst his firefighting family,” the statement said.

Two other Irmo firefighters were taken to a hospital and have been released, the statement said.

Two tenants were also injured. Nineteen have been displaced.

Authorities are investigating the cause.

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