DC Lt. Kevin McRae dies after collapsing at 2-alarm fire


Here are links to local new coverage about the death of DC Fire & EMS Department Lt. Kevin McRae:

WTTG-TV/Fox 5 – WRC-TV/NBC 4 – – WJLA-TV/ABC 7 – The Washington Post – The Washington Times

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said “We lost a hero” this (Wednesday) morning with the death of DC Fire & EMS Department Lt. Kevin McRae. Lt. McRae was in charge of first due Engine 6 at a two-alarm high-rise fire in the 1300 block of 7th Street, NW. After exiting the building, Lt. McRae collapsed and went into cardiac arrest. CPR was started immediately. Lt. McRae was pronounced dead at the Washington Hospital. Center. A second firefighter was treated and released from the hospital.

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Lt. McRae was 44 and is survived by his wife, three children and his mother. The last line-of-duty-death for the DC Fire and EMS Department was Lt. McRae’s cousin, Technician James McRae III, who died on July 7, 2007. James McRae was tillerman at Truck 12 when he complained of shortness of breath while in quarters and died later that day (more on James McRae’s death).

Lt. McRae was on Engine 6 when it went to Baltimore to assist the Baltimore City Fire Department during the rioting last week.

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Lt. Kevin McRae is the 100th DC firefighter to die in the line-of-duty. He joined the department as a cadet on July 31, 1989.

Acting DC Fire & EMS Department Chief Gregory Dean, in his third day leading the department, says the cause of this morning’s fire is under investigation.

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A D.C. firefighter has died in the line of duty Wednesday morning. Two firefighters were taken to a local hospital after fighting a blaze at a downtown high-rise. They were taken to Washington MedStar hospital, where one was pronounced dead. A spokesperson for D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser confirmed Lt. Kevin McRae died after collapsing at the fire. Bowser is at the hospital now. McRae’s family has been notified. Two other people were hurt in the two-alarm apartment building fire, just north of the Washington Convention Center.


EARLIER A DC firefighter is reported in critical condition this morning following a two-alarm apartment fire in Northwest. DC 7th street fire 5-6-15 WTOP Radio:

One firefighter suffered life-threatening injuries and three others have been taken to the hospital after a fire in a high-rise apartment building in Northwest Wednesday morning, according to Tim Wilson, a spokesman for D.C. Fire and EMS. Wilson says in addition to the firefighter with the life-threatening injury, another firefighter and two residents of the building were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The fire occurred in the 1700 block of 7th Street, but was initially reported in the 1300 block.

Among the injured are two firefighters and two civilians, according to DC Fire and EMS officials. One firefighter has life-threatening injuries. Another firefighter and two other people suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries. The fire was located in the 1300 block of 7th St NW, according to DC Fire and EMS. Fire showed from the top floor of the 9-story apartment building, according to DC Fire Fighters Local 36 on Twitter.


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