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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