LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Los Angeles city firefighter who was buried underneath the rubble of a ceiling that collapsed during a blaze at a Hollywood Hills home died Friday of his injuries.
Glenn L. Allen, a 36-year veteran of the force, died at 12:15 p.m., said Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department. He was 61 and about a year from retirement.
Allen was injured along with five other firefighters Wednesday night.
Officials say he had no heartbeat and was not breathing when he was cut free of the wreckage.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has ordered city flags lowered to half- staff in memory of Allen. He issued the following the statement:
“Today, I join all Angelenos in mourning the loss of firefighter Glenn Allen, a fearlessly committed firefighter who dedicated 36 years of his life to protecting the people of Los Angeles. Glenn was a valiant hero whose selfless sacrifice will forever be honored.
“This tragedy serves as a somber, yet powerful reminder that the brave men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department put their lives on the line each and every day to keep us safe from harm.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family of firefighter Allen and his extended family of firefighters at LAFD.”
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