Pa. governor orders flags at half-staff in honor of fallen firefighter

The 11-year veteran was pulled from the home on Saturday by fellow firefighters and taken to a hospital

Firefighters embrace after putting out the deadly blaze on North Colorado Street in North Philadelphia. (Tim Tai/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
Firefighters embrace after putting out the deadly blaze on North Colorado Street in North Philadelphia. (Tim Tai/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A funeral date has been set for a veteran Philadelphia firefighter who was fatally injured when a burning row home collapsed over the weekend.

Officials on Monday said a funeral mass for Lt. Matthew LeTourneau will be held on Friday at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

The 11-year veteran was pulled from the home on Saturday by fellow firefighters and taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

A person who lived in the home also was killed in the blaze. Two other firefighters were treated at a hospital for undisclosed injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.

Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered all state flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of LeTourneau.

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