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St. Louis Firefighter Benjamin Polson dies after roof collapse during house fire

Collapse reported to have come during retreat from fire in vacant home on Thursday

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A St. Louis firefighter died while battling a fire Thursday.

The fire department received a call around noon for a fire at a two-story brick building in the 5900 block of Cote Brilliante. Firefighters were able to knock out the fire on the first floor and made their way to the second floor. The fire got too intense and firefighters had decided to get out.

As they were backing out, the roof collapsed, burying two firefighters. One of them was trapped under a “tremendous amount of debris” of heavy timber and bricks and took “the brunt of the collapse to his person.” The firefighter was later identified as Benjamin “Ben” Polson.

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