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Volunteer firefighter dies at hospital after fighting blaze

July 5, 2021 GMT

ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — A volunteer firefighter died at a hospital after battling a fire in suburban Philadelphia over the weekend, officials said.

The Lower Merion Township fire department said the Penn Wynne/Overbrook Hills fire company responded to the Wynnewood blaze shortly after 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Arriving fire crews reported heavy fire and smoke at the structure.

Officials said a mayday was received just after 11 p.m. Sunday, and a rapid intervention crew went in and found volunteer firefighter Sean DeMuynck unresponsive on the third floor.

He was taken to Lankenau Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 12:30 a.m. Monday, officials said.

Officials said DeMuynck had served as a volunteer firefighter since August 2019. He is survived by his wife and parents. Officials said he and his wife are Canadian and had planned to move back home to rejoin family Monday.