Daniel Howard died of a cardiac arrest after a wall collapsed on he and another firefighter at the New Occidental Hotel, reports The Daily Telegraph (http://bit.ly/1p1TLJC)
The pair were believed to be outside the hotel after responding to the fire an hour earlier. The second man suffered a broken arm. Ten people inside the pub managed to escape before firefighters arrived.
Cobar Mayor Lilliane Brady said Mr Howard would be sorely missed.
“Four years ago we had $100,000 damage at our cemetery,” she said. “He was one of our singers at the fundraiser.”