PA Fire Police Officer Dies After Responding to Chemical Fire

A fire police officer has died following a three-alarm fire at a chemical plant in Buck County (PA), reports NBC 10 Philadelphia (http://bit.ly/KsEA8S).

Fire officials told the news outlet that fire police captain David Wintz, 66, was directing traffic at the scene. He felt ill and went home to call an ambulance. He was rushed to the hospital where he died of a heart attack.

Wintz was a member of the Bristol Fire Company, where he had volunteered with the fire company for four years, reports PhillyBurbs.com (http://bit.ly/Jt3eoG). The news outlet reports that he had a 50-year career in fire service.

Two firefighters were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Residents in the area have been advised to limit their exposure to fumes from the fire. Hazmat crews remain on the scene.

The fire started at the Rohm and Haas Plant in the early morning when lightning struck two large chemical storage tanks.

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