ATF joins investigation into blaze that left Philadelphia firefighter dead

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ATF joins investigation into blaze that left firefighter dead. Bob Brooks reports during Action News at 4pm on January 9, 2018. (WPVI)

Federal investigators have joined the search for the cause of a fire in North Philadelphia that left a firefighter dead.

Lt. Matt LeTourneau, 42, was killed Saturday when part of a burning rowhome collapsed on top of him. Another man was also found dead inside the home.

As the investigation continues, the ATF's National Response Team has been called in to help.

So far investigators haven't been able to go fully inside the Colorado Street home because it is unstable.

The team from the ATF will begin a digital mapping of the home. Officials say that'll provide a blueprint of the structure, then teams can begin to process the scene to determine the cause.

Investigators could be seen using a lift to survey the home from above on Tuesday. They've also begun fencing off large portions of the scene.

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Philadelphia police honor fallen firefighter with painting. Sarah Bloomquist reports during Action News at Noon on January 9, 2018.

Also Tuesday, Pennsylvania state flags began flying at half-staff in LeTourneau's honor by order of Gov. Tom Wolf.

Funeral details for LeTourneau were released on Monday.


Thursday, Jan. 11: 4:30 to 9 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 12: 9 a.m.


Friday, Jan. 12: 11 a.m.

Lt. LeTourneau was an 11-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department, where he was promoted to lieutenant in 2015. He received a unit citation in 2010 and a letter of commendation for his service during the World Meeting of Families in 2015.

He was a 1993 graduate of Cardinal O'Hara High School and held an associate's degree in fire science from Delaware County Community College.

He lived in Springfield and is survived by his mother, other relatives and friends.
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Investigation continues in deadly N Philadelphia fire: Annie McCormick reports on Action News at 6 p.m., January 7, 2018

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