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2nd San Francisco Firefighter Passes

Reports That His Facepiece Melted

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, FIREFIGHTER ANTHONY VALERIO, 53, became the second firefighter to die from the house fire on Thursday that also killed Lieutenant Vincent Perez  .  Firefighter "Tony" Valerio succumbed to his injuries Saturday morning while in an induced coma.

The San Francisco Sentinel is reporting:

The fire department held a press conference Saturday morning in front of San Francisco General Hospital where Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, flanked by Mayor Ed Lee and surrounded by an estimated 100 firefighters, announced that veteran firefighter Anthony Valerio had died at 7:40 a.m. that day.

Valerio, 53, was critically injured when a flash-over engulfed him and two other firefighters in flames while they were battling a two-alarm house fire in San Francisco’s Diamond Heights neighborhood Thursday.

The fire had severely damaged his lungs and left him with third degree burns. He spent his last days in a medically induced coma, being rotated every half hour to help alleviate his burns.

Valerio’s brother Mark Valerio told KTVU Friday that his family has been at his brother’s bedside — one of his sisters flew up from Palm Springs and another had arrived from Indio. He also told KTVU that Anthony’s fellow firefighters were a part of the vigil.

"It’s nice to know he has a second family," Mark Valerio said the of the firefighters. "They care for each other really well – a tight family."

Mark Valerio said fire burned so hot at Thursday’s blaze that it melted the mask on his brother’s face.

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