PM UPDATE with new details: Owego (NY) FD reports Capt. Matthew Porcari killed & Lt. Daniel Gavin injured after floor collapse at house fire.

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On it’s Facebook page the Owego Fire Department reports that Lt. Daniel Gavin has been released from the hospital. There was an afternoon briefing with more details about what occurred at the house fire in Chamberlain Road. Here is an excerpt from the latest article by Debbie Swartz at

Several teams had entered the burning home on Chamberlain Road late Monday before Capt. Matthew J. Porcari and Lt. Daniel G. Gavin took their turn.

But it was when they were in there that the home’s floor gave way — causing Porcari to fall several feet into the basement where he suffered fatal injuries. Gavin, who suffered from burns, fell partially through the floor but was able to pull himself free before going back in to save his partner, fire officials said today during a news conference.


Porcari, a captain with Owego Fire Co. 3, is survived by his wife, Christina, an 11-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son, Owego Deputy Chief Bob Williams said.

From Owego FD Facebook page: Captain Matthew Porcari, center, and Firefighter Daniel Gavin, far right, while in Long Island in November assisting with the Hurricane Sandy relief effort.

From Owego Fire Department Facebook page at 9:27 AM:

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the Owego Fire Department announces the Line of Duty Death of Captain Matthew Porcari while battling a house fire last night. Injured in the blaze was Firefighter Daniel Gavin, who was transported to a local hospital and then transferred to the burn unit at Upstate Medical in Syracuse NY. All of our thoughts and prayers are with the Porcari and Gavin families in this tragic time.



Picture of Captain Matthew Porcari’s gear from Owego FD Facebook page.


Owego Deputy Fire Chief Bob Williams said Owego firefighters Matthew Porcari and Daniel Gavin were in the building when the floor collapsed. Porcari died in the fire. Gavin was taken to Wilson Hospital with burns before being transferred to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.  

Video from 2011 that includes Capt. Porcari and Lt. Gavin.


The fire was reported just before 11 p.m. at 871 Chamberlain Rd. in Newark Valley, according to Tioga County emergency communications.

At 12:10 a.m., Newark Valley called for all available crews from Campville. Newark Valley, Berkshire, Maine and Owego fire departments were also on the scene. Union Center was called later in the morning.

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