Eric M. Hosette, Lieutenant

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At 5:45 a.m., the Clinton Fire Department’s on-duty crew responded to a reported smoldering fire in a silo storage bin at Archer-Daniels-Midland loading facility. At 7:00 a.m., the scene was handed off to the next crew coming on-duty which included Lieutenant Eric Hosette. Nearly two hours later at 8:45 a.m., Hosette was injured in an explosion at the scene. Hosette was transported to Mercy Medical Center where, despite all efforts, he passed away. A second firefighter was critically injured during the explosion but survived.

Incident Location: Upper Mississippi River at mile marker 518 (U.S. National Grid: 15T YG 29870 32167 (DD: 41.808, -90.232))

Department information

Clinton Fire Department
344 3rd Avenue South
Clinton, Iowa 52732

Chief: Mike Brown

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 33
Rank: Lieutenant
Classification: Career
Incident date: January 5, 2019 05:45
Date of death: January 5, 2019
Cause of death: Collapse
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Industry