Firefighter Dies After Being Injured in Fatal Poughkeepsie (NY) Fire

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USFA Report, May 6, 2015, 9:25 a.m. ET: While engaged in rescue and suppression duties at the scene of a residential structure fire, Poughkeepsie (NY) Fire Department Firefighter Timothy Gunther began to experience cardiac-related symptoms. Firefighter Gunther was treated on scene and transported to Vassar Brothers Medical Center where, despite all efforts, including surgery, Gunther’s conditioned worsened and he succumbed to his injury. He had 21 years of service.

UPDATE, 3:30 p.m. Eastern: Firefighter Timothy Gunther, 54, has reportedly died from cardiac-related issues he experienced while fighting a fire yesterday in the city of Poughkeepsie, New York.

The Poughkeepsie Journal reported ( that it is the first line-of-duty death for the department since 1971. Gunther, a 21-year veteran of the fire department, was assisting with rescue and suppression activities when he experienced shortness of breath and related symptoms and was transported. He later succumbed to his injuries.

ORIGINAL REPORT: One man was killed and three firefighters were injured after a fast-moving fire engulfed a Poughkeepsie (NY) home, according to a news report.

The Poughkeepsie Journal ( reported that one firefighter was seriously hurt in the incident. Five people were left homeless.

The other two firefighters suffered an injured shoulder and an injured back, according to the report.

The victim of the fire, a male, reportedly died of smoke inhalation and was found in an upstairs closet.

Chief Mark Johnson speculated that the smoke and heat from the first-floor fire rose to the upstairs, according to the report.

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