LODD: Firefighter dies after fighting large auto shop fire
Firefighter Scott Compton died of a heart attack after returning home from the fire
Duty Death: Scott Compton - [Greenfield, Indiana]
GREENFIELD, Ind. — A firefighter has died after fighting a large auto shop fire that spread to a nearby shopping plaza in Greenfield Friday.
The Greenfield Fire Territory announced Saturday evening the death of firefighter Scott Compton.
Compton was one of the many firefighters who responded to Mueller Auto Body and Glass on U.S. 40 in Greenfield around 5 p.m. Friday for a large fire that could be seen from miles away. The fire spread to stores in the adjacent Riley Park Plaza.
It took firefighters several hours to put out all of the flames and hot spots.
According to the Greenfield Daily Reporter, Compton, 55, died of a heart attack in the hours that followed the firefight.
Fire Chief Jim Roberts said Compton would have returned home between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. He was discovered by paramedics Saturday afternoon.
"He loved serving his community and his department loved being part of the brotherhood of firefighters," Roberts said. 'Tremendous guy, hard worker, eager to do whatever needs to be done."
Because Compton's death occurred within 48 hours of fighting a fire, it's considered a line-of-duty death.
Republished with permission from The Indy Channel.