Patrick Jones, Firefighter

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On Tuesday afternoon, February 18, 2020, at approximately 1614hrs., firefighters from the Porterville Fire Department, as well as the counties of King, Fresno, and Tulare, responded to a fire at the Porterville Public Library.  Captain Ramon “Ray” Figueroa and Firefighter Patrick Jones perished in the blaze.  Two teen boys have been arrested on suspicion of starting the fire. Investigation into the incident continues.

Department information

Porterville Fire Department
40 W Cleveland Avenue
Porterville, California 93257

Chief: David LaPere

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

Age: 25
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Career
Incident date: February 18, 2020 16:14
Date of death: February 18, 2020
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: Institutional