LODD: Ohio firefighter dies in house collapse

Firefighter Patrick Wolterman, 28, sent a mayday call after falling through the floor into the basement

HAMILTON, Ohio — A firefighter died while battling a house fire Monday morning.

Cincinnati.com reported that multiple fire departments responded to a house fire around 1 a.m. Firefighter Patrick Wolterman, 28, was operating at the house fire when there was a collapse. He fell through several floors and into the basement.

Firefighter Wolterman sent a mayday call when he fell into the basement and was rushed to a hospital where he later died.

Firefighter Patrick Wolterman
Firefighter Patrick Wolterman (Courtesy photo)

"This is a very tragic situation and everyone should keep the family of the firefighter and the firefighter in their prayers and their hearts," Fire Chief Steve Dawson said.

No one was home when the fire broke out and no one else was injured.

Fire officials say Wolterman was hired in April after other firefighting experience and had gotten married this summer. He had seven years of firefighting experience according to the U.S. Fire Administration. 

The Cincinnati Firefighters Union Local 48 shared news of the firefighter's death on Facebook.


Local 48 has just been notified that our brothers and sisters from Hamilton Fire Fighters Local 20 had a Line of Duty...

Posted by Cincinnati Fire Fighters Union Local 48 on Monday, December 28, 2015

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