Firefighter dies battling house fire in Connecticut

Matthias Wirtz (North Haven FD)

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WLNE) — A firefighter died while battling a house fire in North Haven, Connecticut early Monday morning.

North Haven fire officials told our ABC affiliate WTNH that 22-year North Haven department veteran firefighter Matthias Wirtz died while fighting a fire at a home on Quinnipiac Avenue.

North Haven Fire Chief Paul Januszewski told WTNH that Wirtz was found injured outside of the home where he was operating a fire engine.

He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.Wirtz was 46-years-old.

The two-alarm fire broke out at the home around 1 a.m.

Fire officials said none of the residents were injured, though the home is a complete loss.

The State Fire Marshall’s Office is investigating what led to the fire.

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