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Community mourns death of New Carlisle firefighter killed while battling business fire

Michiana reacts to the death of Assistant Chief Jamie Middlebrook, who was killed Tuesday evening at a fire at a La Porte County business.

Posted on Aug. 6, 2014 at 12:08 p.m.

The death of a New Carlisle volunteer firefighter has sent waves of shock and mourning across Michiana.

Assistant Chief Jamie Middlebrook was killed Tuesday night, Aug. 5, while fighting a fire at at a septic pumping business in La Porte County, according to The Elkhart Truth’s reporting partners at WNDU. Two explosions occurred while crews were battling the blaze just before 10:30 p.m. 

Another firefighter was injured and taken to a local hospital after part of the roof collapsed in the fire, WSBT reported.

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