LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles County firefighter has died after being overcome by fire and smoke while battling a house fire.
The fire department has withheld the firefighter’s identity pending notification of relatives, but officials say he had a wife and two teenage sons.
The firefighter was part of a crew that responded to a 2 a.m. Thursday fire in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Interim Fire Chief Anthony C. Marrone says the firefighter was inside the structure when he was overcome, put out a mayday call and was pulled out by other firefighters. He was rushed to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center but efforts to save his life were unsuccessful.