New Brunswick firefighter dies in early morning blaze

A fire inside a three story building on Lee Avenue early Friday morning claimed the life of deputy chief Jim D'Heron of the New Brunswick Fire Department. D'Heron was pounding on doors getting people out of the building at the time of his death. D'Heron was a member of the department for more than 20 years. His vehicle was parked in front of the fire trucks, indicating that he was among the first people on the scene.Victor DeFillipo, a New Brunswick police sergeant, owned the house but he did not live there. Three propane tanks were found in the house, which is illegal. Investigators don't know if the tanks contributed to the fire. The cause is still being investigated.It's been at least 50 years since a firefighter died in the line of duty in New Brunswick. The investigation into D'Heron's death is ongoing.

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