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Michael L. Seguin


Firefighter Seguin was killed when he became trapped by a roof collapse while fighting a residential structure fire. One other firefighter was injured and suffered second degree burns. The second firefighter was dragged to safety after becoming unconscious. Rescuers did not see Firefighter Seguin due to heavy smoke and he was not located until later that afternoon. Fire officials stated that there was a possibility that the fire was started by fireworks. The owner of the house believes that a "rocket" landed on her roof.
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Michael L. Seguin was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.

Department information

Buffalo Fire Department
195 Court Street
Buffalo, New York 14202

Chief: Cornelius Keane

View NIOSH Report

Age: 31
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Career
Incident date: July 4, 1997 23:00
Date of death: July 4, 1997
Cause of fatal injury: Caught or Trapped
Nature of fatal injury: Burns
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

Last updated: March 27, 2018