PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Crews have found the remains of a second firefighter killed while battling a blaze at a public library in central California allegedly started by two 13-year-old boys, authorities said.
The Porterville Fire Department said crews were able to enter the the Porterville Public Library building late Wednesday and found firefighter Patrick Jones’ body.
Jones, 25, and Capt. Raymond Figueroa, 35, were killed Tuesday. Jones’ body was escorted early Thursday by police and fire vehicles from the gutted library to the Tulare County coroner’s office.
The two firefighters were “consummate professionals,” an emotional Porterville Fire Chief Dave LaPere said Thursday.
LaPere said all the department’s firefighters are off while they deal with their colleagues’s deaths and have been offered counseling services.