Philly mourns first female firefighter killed in the line of duty [photos]

A Philadelphia firefighter assigned to Engine 64 died early Tuesday morning after battling a blaze on the 1600 block of Middleton St. in the city’s West Oak Lane neighborhood.

NewsWorks content partner NBC10 is reporting that the 36-year-old woman was injured during the fire which broke out around 3:15 a.m. and was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where she later died.

She is the first female firefighter to die in the line of duty in Philadelphia. Her name has not yet been publicly released.

According to Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer, the 11-year veteran of the department became trapped in the basement while fighting the fire. Fighting fires in basements is particularly challenging, Sawyer said.

“[She] always worked at pretty busy companies,” said Sawyer of “a very, very, very good firefighter.”

Mayor Michael Nutter released a statement this morning on the tragic death.

“Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this firefighter who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting a fire. To all of our Philadelphia firefighters. Their family — our family — have suffered a loss.”

The investigation into the fire is ongoing, and NewsWorks will update this story when information becomes available.

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