Police and firefighters from Porterville responded about 4:14 p.m. PT to a fire involving the Porterville Public Library, 41 West Thurman Avenue in Porterville, California. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered smoke and fire coming from the building. A Second Alarm was activated at 4:17 p.m.
Porterville firefighters received mutual aid from Tulare County Fire Department, Tulare City Fire Department, Fresno Fire and CAL FIRE, involving about 50 firefighters. Imperial Ambulance paramedics were also on the scene.
The fire is under investigation by the Porterville Police Department and Porterville Fire Department.
A Porterville, CA library fire claims the life of one fire fighter. A 2nd fire fighter is unaccounted for. Dozens of fire fighters remain on scene tonight. pic.twitter.com/fnokY2wRqF
— Heidi Hatch (@tvheidihatch) February 19, 2020
#BREAKING: Tulare County Fire Officials on scene of the #Porterville Library fire confirmed one Porterville city firefighter died in the fire, and another is unaccounted for. A heartbreaking night for the city of Porterville. @CBS47 @KSEE24 pic.twitter.com/O1JRMXNxZj
— Kirsten Mitchell (@Kirsten_TV) February 19, 2020
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) February 19, 2020
STORY UPDATE … and it's not good news … One firefighter is dead, another missing while Porterville library remains in flames https://t.co/Mf0zGQEukf
— Fresno Bee (@FresnoBee) February 19, 2020
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The Porterville fire station is located on the same block as the library …