Blaze kills Philadelphia's first female firefighter to die in line of duty

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Posted: Dec 09, 2014 12:20 PM

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A Philadelphia firefighter was killed battling an early morning blaze on Tuesday, becoming the city's first female firefighter to die in the line of duty, local media reported.

The 36-year-old firefighter, whose name was not released pending notification of next of kin, became trapped in the basement of a home in the city's West Oak Lane section, according to WPVI TV in Philadelphia.

She was taken to a local hospital, where attempts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful, the station reported. She was pronounced dead at 4 a.m. EST.

"We have two families who have suffered a loss this morning, the firefighter family, and the person who lost their life, their family," Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer told reporters at an early morning news conference outside of Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.

The occupants of the home were able to get out safely.

(Reporting by Daniel Kelley; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Bill Trott)