Kody Vanfossan, Firefighter

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Firefighter Kody Vanfossan responded to a multi-alarm two-story vacant structure fire in Christopher, Illinois. Upon arrival, heavy smoke could be seen coming out of the top floor of the structure. Vanfossan, along with a second firefighter, began an interior attack on the fire. An additional firefighter later called for the two firefighters to exit the building. As the two firefighters started down steps in the rear of the building, the steps collapsed. While the second firefighter was able to make it out of the building, a Mayday was issued for Vanfossan. Vanfossan was recovered from the building and placed into an ambulance where he was pronounced deceased. Investigation into the incident continues.

Incident Location: 118 West Market Street, Christopher, Illinois

Department information

Christopher Fire Department
211 N Thomas Street
Christopher, Illinois 62822

Chief: Ron Learned

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

Age: 24
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Paid-on-Call
Incident date: May 5, 2019 03:34
Date of death: May 5, 2019
Cause of death: Unknown
Nature of death: Unknown
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Vacant Property