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Firefighter Dies at Scene of Walkway Collapse

Bruce Britt

Bruce Britt

Lieutenant Bruce Britt, a 23-year veteran of the Columbia Fire Department, died yesterday morning while working at the scene of a walkway collapse at a University of Missouri apartment complex.

Britt, 48, suffered fatal injuries while trying to assist residents at University Village, 601 S. Providence Road, Columbia Fire Chief Charles Witt said. Columbia Fire Department units responded to Building 707 of the MU apartment complex at 4:41 a.m.

Witt said Britt became entrapped after the collapse of a section of second-floor exterior walkway and was taken by ambulance to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Witt talked about the incident during a brief news conference yesterday afternoon at Fire Station No. 1 on Orr Street.

Britt is the first Columbia firefighter to die in the line of duty since Donald “Hector” Crum was killed December 1, 1986.

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