UPDATED – Firefighter Michael Garrett & 2 others killed after pair of cell towers collapse in WV

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On February 1, 2014, the Nutter Fort Fire Department responded to a rescue incident involving multiple patients due to a reported cell phone tower collapse on Murphy’s Run in Summit Park, WV. While rescuing a victim, Firefighter/EMT-I Michael Garrett was severely injured during a secondary collapse. Michael was then transported to United Hospital Center where he succumbed to his injuries. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time, but will be released upon finalization.

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One firefighter is dead from injuries after the collapse of two cell phone towers in Harrison County, West Virginia Saturday morning that also killed two contractors. The workers were trying to strengthen the tower’s supports when the first collapse occurred.  The death of the firefighter was announced in a statement by Nutter Fort VFD Chief Jeremy Haddix on the department’s Facebook page :

It is with great sadness that the Nutter Fort Fire Department is confirming the line of duty death of one of our members. The firefighter was injured on scene in Summit Park during a secondary collapse at the cell tower, and transported to United Hospital Center. While being treated the firefighter succumbed to his injuries. No name is being released at this time. Further details will be released at a later date. We ask that you keep his family and all members of the Nutter Fort Fire Department in your prayers. Please refrain from contacting the fire department for further information.

AP via Huffington Post:

State Police Cpl. Mark Waggamon says two contractors who were tethered to a 300-foot tower were killed when the structure collapsed shortly before noon Saturday in Clarksburg. A member of the Nutter Fort Fire Department died after a second, smaller tower collapsed minutes later.

Two other contractors who were also tethered to the larger tower were hurt and taken to a hospital. Waggamon described their injuries as serious but not life-threatening.

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Two of the four men died at the scene, the other two men were transported to a hospital.

A member of the Nutter Fort Fire Department died after a second, smaller tower collapsed minutes later. 

Names of the workers, and the firefighter haven’t been released. 

A second firefighter was also injured and has been treated and released.